Poor Hygiene Threatens Business at Mbale Main Market

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David Wandukwa, the chairman of the Vendors association said the condition has been impaired by lack of running water in the facility. The Market was disconnected from the supply line by National Water and Sewerage Corporation in July last year over unpaid accumulated bills totaling to Ugx 6 million.

Market vendors operating at the recently refurbished Mbale Central Market have decried the poor hygiene and sanitation in the market which they say have greatly affected their sales.

The facility which hosts over 2800 vendors is covered in a very unpleasant smell with flies hovering around all day, a situation which, vendors say, has driven customers out of the market.

David Wandukwa, the chairman of the Vendors association said the condition has been impaired by lack of running water in the facility. The Market was disconnected from the supply line by National Water and Sewerage Corporation in July last year over unpaid accumulated bills totaling to Ugx 6 million.

Wandukwa blames Mbale Municipal Council for the mess. He claims that the Municipal Council, which was initially in charge of the facility, left an unpaid water bill of Ugx 5.5 million.
 
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Nuruh Nambozo, one of the affected vendors says each trader is now forced to spend an extra Ugx 1000 shillings to buy at least 40 liters of water daily to use in the toilet and other chores in the market. Another trader Suwed Wayema says the state of the market poses a serious health threat to the inhabitants.
 
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Mbale main market is one of the seven markets including across the country that benefited from the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP-1) redevelopment project with funding from Government and the African development Bank.