Municipality Offers Free Stalls to Vendors in New Nyendo Market

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Godfrey Kayemba, the Masaka Mayor says to avoid confusion that has marred Jinja Market, Wandegeya and Usafi market where vendors abandoned them over charges, they decoded that no rental charges shall be levied on traders.

Masaka Municipality says it will allow vendors to operate free of charge in the newly built Nyendo Central market in an attempt to attract them to occupy the market. Nyendo Central market was built by Ambitious Construction Limited at the tune of Shillings 13 billion under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program- MATIP. 

Although only 765 vendors were registered, the market has 900 stalls. Vendors were expected to move into the newly built market, which seats on two acres of land this month. However, the vendors have tasked the municipality to first display the rental fees and other related charges before they occupy the market.

Now, the municipality says the vendors will occupy the market at no cost. Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor Masaka Municipality says to avoid the confusion, which saw vendors shun Jinja, Wandegeya and Usafi markets over high costs, they will not charge vendors operating in Nyendo Central Market any fees.

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Joseph Mugerwa, the Senior Commercial Officer Masaka municipality, says although they registered only about 756 traders, many more people came and applied for stalls in the course of the construction works.

He says they are conducting registration of new vendors to ensure they also benefit from the market. Jennifer Namusoke is one of the vendors operating outside the newly built market but wasn't registered. According to Namusoke, she earns between Shillings 20000 to 40,000 each day. 

She is worried of losing business once she is forced into the market, where the utility costs are high. John Ssendago, the Chairman Nyendo Market Association says they are excited about the new market but he isn't sure the municipality will not charge them. 

He wants the municipality to publish a commitment in news papers showing that it will not charge vendors for the stalls.


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President Yoweri Museveni is expected to handover the newly built market to vendors on December 2, 2016.


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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."

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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.