Vendors Yet to Occupy Nyendo Market Despite Handover

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Jenifer Namatovu, one of the vendors, says the market lacks toilet facilities since the new ones are yet to be connected to water supply.

Vendors are yet to occupy Nyendo market despite it being commissioned by president, Yoweri Museveni two weeks ago. On December 02, 2016, Museveni officially commissioned the market and handed it over to the vendors in a colorful ceremony.

The Shillings 11 billion market was built by Ambitious Construction Company with funding from Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa-BADEA. During the handover ceremony, about 60 vendors set up stalls in the market, but they have since disappeared.

An employee of Ambitious Construction Company, who refused to identify himself, says that although the market was officially commissioned they are left with about 10 percent of the work. Some of the vendors operating outside the market told URN this morning that the contractor asked them to hold on.

Jenifer Namatovu, one of the vendors, says the market lacks toilet facilities since the new ones are yet to be connected to water supply. Michael Mulindwa, the Nyendo - Ssenyange division LC III chairperson, says some work is still ongoing in the market.

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He also says the sanitation facilities in the new the market are yet to be opened to the general public, which makes it difficult to open the market. Vendors say with the onset of the rain season their goods are affected.

John Ssendago, a vendor in Nyendo says they expected the new market to start operating immediately after the handover.  According to Ssendago, they struggle to protect their merchandise from being destroyed by rain each day.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.