Okuti Border Market to Transform Northern Uganda

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The market is among the six markets identified by government to be turned into international border markets. The others are Katuna in Kabale, Bwera in Kasese, Mutukula in Rakai, Malaba in Busia, Elegu in Amuru.

The proposed Okuti international border market in Orom sub-county, Kitgum district is expected to transform development in Northern Uganda and boost trade between East Africa and the Horn of Africa.


The market is among the six markets identified by government to be turned into international border markets. The others are Katuna in Kabale, Bwera in Kasese, Mutukula in Rakai, Malaba in Busia, Elegu in Amuru.

Mathew Otto, the architect of the market project disclosed that people in the horn of Africa coupled with Sudan, Egypt and Central African Republic - CAR live in semi-arid areas and such a market would be possible enough to draw them into trade.

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Otto, who is also the Kitgum Land Officer explains that the district conceived the idea of the border market to help cause economic transformation empowerment of the Acholi people after prolonged effects of the Lord's Resistance Army - LRA war.

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Moses Kapolon, the Kitgum District Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, CAO says lots will be leased out at 4 million shillings each for 49 years to potential developers.

Records indicate that at least 60,000 local investors have applied for plots in the gazetted market area, out of over 100,000 hectares.

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Kapolon says the market will be the revenue back born for Kitgum because the district is facing challenges of low local revenue collection. 

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In 2016, the Orom community donated to the district 109.005 hectares of land at the Uganda border with South Sudan, for the construction of an international border market by the Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives.

The market will defy the disadvantage of Uganda being landlocked and open its borders to the African continent and world over. The 180 square kilometres has been planned to include commercial, residential and institutional plots.