The minister in charge of Kampala, Betty Amongi reveals that government is planning to take over ownership of private markets in Kampala.
Addressing journalists today in Kampala, Amongi stated that government will have to fast compensate the traders before it takes over the ownership of these markets.
Government decided to relinquish ownership of markets in and around Kampala to vendors following non stop complaints from the management them under KCCA something which has not changed but instead there are more problems than before.
Amongi added that following a presidential directive on 25th of September 2020, President Yoweri Museveni directed for the immediate disbandment of association leaders from all government markets in Kampala to pave way for the election of new leadership by the sellers under the supervision of the minister for Kampala capital city and metropolitan affairs.
The vendors in over 100 markets and abattoirs in Kampala metropolitan have started electing their new leaders with the old leaders asked not to contest again.
In the interim, KCCA will with immediate effect take over direct management of the KCCA markets and abattoirs by deploying resident management teams. The teams will comprise of a market master or abattoir master and three support staff from the directorate of revenue collection, public health and environment and administration.
The team will be charged with day today running of the markets and shall be responsible for the general supervision and over sight over the affairs and operations of the market/abattoirs, ensure all utility cost are paid, ensure trade order among others.