Hoima Vendors Refuse To Relocate As New Market Rates Are Approved

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Godfrey Kutegeka the chairman Hoima central market says he had engaged the vendors on the matter and they are all opposed to the move to relocate now.

Vendors have refused to relocate to the newly built Hoima market ahead of the coming festive season, despite the fact that the local government has approved rates for stalls. The market was commissioned on October 6, but Hoima municipality didn't open it to the vendors citing delays by the local government ministry to approve rates for stalls.
Procedure demands that the rates are set by the municipal council and sent to the ministry for approval. Emmanuel Banya, the town clerk Hoima municipality old URN on Tuesday this week that the ministry had approved rates for space at the new market and that the allocation exercise would start soon.
He however declined to disclose the approved rates to the media. Although vendors have since complained of delayed relocation, they are now hesitant to relocate to the new facility this festive season.
Godfrey Kutegeka the chairman Hoima central market says he had engaged the vendors on the matter and they all are opposed to the move to relocate now.  The vendors fear that they could lose out on customers this festive season if they relocate now.

The vendors were meant to relocate to the new market on November 12, leaving Hoima boma grounds where they have operated since 2011. Banya confirms receipt of the vendors' request, saying it is in business line and council had no objection. He however says the allocation committee would start its work, so that the vendors can move soon after the festive season. 

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The allocation committee is comprised of sixteen members included vendors representatives, technical officials from the Municipal Council and Ministry of local government. The committee is charged with scrutinizing the vendors register to eliminate ghost, so that only genuine vendors are relocated to the new market facility.

During commissioning of the market in October, Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige emphasized that only original and genuine vendors get first priority during relocation.  Hoima central market was redeveloped under the Market Trade and Agriculture Improvement Project (MATIP) Phase One.
 The Shs11.6 billion market is one of the seven built in several towns in Uganda. The others are in Fort portal, Mbale, Jinja, Wandegeya, Lira,Gulu and Hoima