Nakawa Vendors, KCCA in Row Over Market Revenue

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Vendors in Nakawa market have threatened to block Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) from interfering in the collection of market revenues.

Vendors in Nakawa market have threatened to block Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) from interfering in the collection of market revenues.

Francis Okumu, the secretary Nakawa Market Vendors Association Limited, says that in 2008 the vendors were awarded a tender to control revenues, long before KCCA took over from the now defunct Kampala City Council.

According to Okumu, the vendors deposited 60 million shillings with Kampala City Council before taking over the market.

He, however, claims that soon after paying the money in April 2008, some KCC officials connived with another section of the vendors and grabbed the tender, deleted the word limited from the documents and the tender was then given to the opposing Nakawa Vendors Association.

According to Okumu, the Nakawa Vendors Association Limited challenged the matter in the high court commercial division, which ruled in their favor.

Okumu explains that the matter was brought to the attention of Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA executive director, who wrote a letter in 2011 stopping Nakawa Vendors Association from running the market.

Musisi’s letter dated May 9th, a copy of which URN has seen, states that KCCA shall have to manage and control the market for an interim period of two months from July 18, 2011 before handing it to Nakawa Vendors Association Limited.

Okumu told URN that it is now a year and six months, and that KCCA has not paved the way for the vendors to manage the market. He says that in a vendors’ meeting held on Thursday, a resolution was made not to pay any revenue to any KCCA staff starting this Friday.

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Mzee Dirisa Mwanje, Siraje Kavuma and Richard Kacuncu, who are vendors dealing in foodstuffs, blame KCCA for increasing rent, confiscating property and mistreating vendors for failure to pay in time.

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Mwanje explains that when KCCA took over the market, stalls were restructured making some vendors to relocate to new places within the market at a cost of between 300,000 and one million shillings.

He says before KCCA the stalls and selling pitches were being offered to the vendors at no cost and the vendors were only entitled to pay monthly dues ranging from 8,500 to 9,100 shillings.

Moses Musoke, another vendor also faults KCCA for the failure to provide security measures in the market. He claims that on daily basis vendors lose their items and that the KCCA market Masters say they are not responsible.

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Peter Kaujju, the KCCA spokesperson, says that the management of city markets is the mandate of the KCCA but added that matters of security are handled by police.