Verification of Vendors Delays Occupancy of Nyendo Market

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Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor Municipality, says they have completed the verification exercise, adding that the vendors are expected to occupying Nyendo market in early April.

The newly built Nyendo market in Masaka municipality has remained unoccupied due to the delayed verification of the vendors. Government completed the construction of the new market last year at the tune of Shillings 13 billion.

 
In December, 2016, President Yoweri Museveni officially commissioned the market that is found in Nyendo-Ssenyange division and handed it over to vendors. The market has more than 900 stalls.
 

Initially, the vendors were supposed to occupy the market on December 2nd 2016. However, the process hit a snag after it emerged that some of the people registered for allocation of stalls were not vendors. 
 
 
The vendors accused Masaka municipal officials of sharing the stalls among themselves prompting the Nyendo Division authorities led by the LC III Chairman, Michael Mulindwa to call for a review and verification of the registered vendors. 

The vendors also accused Masaka municipality of soliciting money from them before they are registered. Joseph Mugerwa, the Commercial Officer Masaka Municipality, says the verification exercise is ongoing. He denies allegations of demanding money for registering the vendors. 

Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor Municipality, says they have completed the verification exercise, adding that the vendors are expected to occupying Nyendo market in early April. Kayemba also says that they have resolved that each of the vendors pays Shillings 20,000 for utilities before they occupy the market.
 
 
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John Ssendago, the Chairman Nyendo Vendor's Association says they look forward to start utilising the new market. Ssendago says the vendors have also agreed to pay the Shillings 20,000 for utility bills.
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
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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.