KCCA Reduces Wandegeya Market Lock-up Rates Top story

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In short
On the first floor, rates for lock-ups have been cut depending on their size. For example 58 lock ups occupying 3.3 square meters will pay UGX70,000 Shillings down from UGX100,000 Shillings while those occupying 8.1 square meters are to pay 175,000 Shillings down from 250, 000 Shillings.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has reduced stall rates for Wandegeya market by 30%.

Effective August 1, 2016, Butchery and Tobacco stall owners on the ground floor will pay UGX105,000 Shillings instead of the UGX50,000 Shillings they were paying earlier, while the Saloon lock-up owners will now pay UGX175,000 instead of UGX250,000.

On the first floor, rates for lock-ups have been reduced depending on their size. The owners of 58 lock ups occupying 3.3 square meters will now pay UGX70,000 Shillings down from UGX100,000 Shillings, while those occupying lock ups occupying 8.1 square meters are to pay UGX175,000 Shillings down from UGX250,000 Shillings.
 
According to the Authority's spokesperson Peter Kaujju, the new rates are to interest more people take up space in the market.
 
Kaujju also noted that the new rates are to enable the vendors already occupying the lock- ups to be able to make more profits.

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Wandegeya market was opened in April 2014 and since then the occupancy rate has been low. Kaujju says that KCCA is working closely with the market management to see that a number of challenges in the market are handled.

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Jonathan Gitta, the chairman Wandegeya market confirmed the new rates saying that the development has been responded to positively since new interested vendors have since approached the management.
 
He told Uganda Radio Network that out of total 1200 stalls in the market, 390 are empty.


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Eva Nabakka, a trader in toilet papers in the market told URN that the vendors have not yet been formerly informed on the new rates but she said this will go a long way in enabling them save some money.
 
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Jacky Nabukeera, a video library owner in the market welcomed the new changes but appealed for further reduction to 40%.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.