Masaka Municipality Evicts Vendors to Pave Way for Redevelopment of Nyendo Market

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Mutabwire says the contractors have been given eighteen months to complete the project.

Masaka Municipality has evicted at least 874 from Nyendo market to pave way for its redevelopment. Recently, the local government ministry contracted Ambitious Constructions Limited to redevelop Nyendo market.

At least 11.7 billion shillings from the Arabian Bank for Economic Development in Africa is earmarked for the project. Patrick Mutabwire, the permanent Secretary Ministry of Local Government says despite the fact that, the project has been long overdue; they have finalized everything to roll it out.

Mutabwire says the contractors have been given eighteen months to complete the project. He says the new market will have at least 800 stalls. Edward Kiwanuka, the acting Masaka Town Clerk says the vendors will temporarily operate at Kalangala Lorry Park until the construction work is complete.
Henry Kamya of Tech Consult that designed the plan says the new market will have two floors divided into sections according to the goods. He says all the registered vendors will have space in the new market. Betty Nakayiza, the Chairperson Masaka Vendor's association has welcomed the redevelopment of the market, which has been in a very sorry state.

Nakayiza explains that Nyendo market lacks toilet and a drainage system. She notes that during the rainy season the market floods causing them losses. She asks the contractor to expedite the construction work to ensure they enter the new market adding that where they are operating from is very small.

Yusuf Ssenyondo, a fish vendor is not sure whether he will secure space in the new market once it is completed. He fears that, the stalls in the new market are likely to be very expensive. Ssenyondo says that he has been paying 7000 shillings in the old market.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.