Ntungamo Matooke Market in a Sorry State

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Jovanis Kwarisiima, another Matooke dealer says the market is developing deep holes, which risks the lives of traders and buyers.

 Traders in Ntungamo Matooke market are threatening to stop paying dues to Ntungamo municipality citing the appalling state of the market. Ntungamo Matooke market, which sits on two acres of land, is located in Cell 10, Central ward in Central division.  
The municipality levies a fee of 300 Shillings on each bunch of banana sold in the market. According to the traders, they have repeatedly asked the municipality to improve the drainage system and pour some murrum in the market in vain.

Currently, the traders operate on muddy grounds. Roland Nayebare, a matooke trader in the market, accuses the municipality of neglecting their welfare. He says they are left with no option but to boycott paying dues to help the authorities to wake up from deep sleep.

Jovanis Kwarisiima, another Matooke dealer says the market is developing deep holes, which risks the lives of traders and buyers. She says the trucks that ferry matooke from the market often get stuck, which forces them to hire men to push them.
Aura Mishambi, another trader says they can't allow the state of affairs to continue. Darius Kankirinawe is the chairperson of the trader's association. Kankirinawe faults the authorities for neglecting the market, which he says has forced away some of their customers.
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Jacob Kafureka, the Mayor Ntungamo Municipality, says they are equally concerned about the state of the market. He says in the last financial year, they spread murrum in the market but it wasn't enough.
He says that Shillings 70 million has been allocated for the construction of the market. He calls for patience from the traders, saying that work on the market must be executed in line with the proper procurement procedures.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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