Vendors Divided As Jinja Central Market Construction Gets Underway

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Jinja central market vendors have expressed mixed views as government prepares to begin construction of the market early next month.

Jinja central market vendors have expressed mixed views as government prepares to begin construction of the market early next month.
 
The market is to be constructed by the ministry of Local government under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program- MATIP-1.

Jackson Kabuzi, Chairman Jinja market vendors says the long awaited construction has brought inspiration to the vendors who have waited for years.

Over 10,000 market vendors in Jinja await a registration process, where each vendor will individually register with the municipality officials and the market leadership before they are relocated to a temporary market. Kabuzi says this can take not more than two weeks. He notes that all vendors should register individually in order not to cause confusion.

But some vendors are opposed to the arrangement after the term of office of the current leaders in Jinja market expired.

Matiya Lubowa, one of the vendors says a new leadership should be elected before the registration process is carried out. He accuses the old leadership of staying in office to influence who will be registered on the final list of the market vendors to acquire stalls in the new market.
 
Siraje Mawa, a fruit vendor says the postponement of market leaders’ elections makes the vendors become insecure and impatient. He says this is the fourth time elections are being postponed without the consent of the vendors. He says the elections should be held in order to have proper allocation of stalls, transfer of vendors and settling at the new Kazimingi market where the vendors will be relocated as the new market is being constructed.
 
Mohammed Baswari Kezaala, Jinja municipality mayor says the vendors should get organized as they wait for the construction of the Jinja central market. He explains that the events leading to the registration and the leadership will be closely monitored by the municipal leadership.

Yasin Sendaula, an Assistant Commissioner for urban inspection in the Ministry of Local government says Jinja market is among the seven markets selected in the MATIP-1. The program will cost close to Shs 125 billion and is slated to kick off in September 2011.