Mbarara Vendors Defy Council, Plan to Build Own Market

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In short
Mbarara central market vendors have decided to construct their own shopping centre despite the municipal council disapproval.

Lock-up owners around Mbarara central market have decided to construct their own shopping centre despite the municipal council disapproval.

The lock up owners under their organization, Mbaguta Street and market square lock up owners association, say they resorted to constructing own modern structures after noticing that Mbarara municipal council authority was planning to cheat them.

Each member is to contribute 10 million shillings in order to raise 1.2 billion shillings estimated to be spent on the 4 storied modern building.

Ngabirano Francis Ntabatata, the association’s secretary says that after years of wrangling with the municipal council over who owns land on which the lockups are located, they finally managed to acquire a land title and approved plan for their modern structure.

Ntabatata says they are finalizing with a few technical issues to have a contractor approved before construction commences.

He says they are to hold the final consultative meeting today with all the 86 members and their technical team led lawyer Denis Kwizera.

Members have already been issued with notices to pave way for fencing off of the site on 1st January 2012 and construction commences thereafter.

But Paul Omoko, the Mbarara town clerk says he is not aware of these developments. He denies knowledge of council having approved any plan to allow lock up owners to carry out development on the central market site.

Omoko says their action is illegal and aimed at sabotaging the government plan to re-construct Mbarara main central market.

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Government is in the process of constructing Mbarara central market under the ministry of local Government.
Plans to re-construct Mbarara central market begun in 2008 after council condemned the old structures following a fire incident that gutted it beyond repair on February 26th of that year.