President Museveni presided over the commissioning of kasubi market which will house 1400 traders.
The Minister for Kampala, Betty Amongi, said with millions flocking into the city for opportunities, it was important that it is well planned.
“It’s our responsibility to have the space for the people to operate in. We must listen and engage our people according to the president’s direction,” she said.
The new Kampala Capital City Authority executive director, Dorothy Kisaka, thanked the President for her appointment and applauded him for his leadership in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said the Kasubi market was a fulfillment of a pledge by the President to vendors who had been operating along the road reserve.
The market sits on 1.2 acres of land and comprises seven sections, with well-designed open stalls, modern sanitary facilities, a police booth, perimeter wall, garbage collection points and a daycare centre.
Ms Kisaka said a total of 1,431 vendors were registered, however because of SOPs on social distancing, only 800 vendors will be accommodated at a time.
Of the over 90 markets in Kampala currently, 20 are run by KCCA while the others are either privately owned or run by the Buganda Kingdom
At the moment kasubi market is being occupied by 800 traders because of the SOPs on social distancing. While addressing traders, he expressed discomfort on people flouting guidelines put in place to check the spread of COVID19.
Today Uganda has 1,213 accumulative COVID19 cases and 5 deaths in a space of 6 months since COVID19 hit the country in March 2020.
PRESIDENT COMMISSIONS LUBIGI WORKS
From Kasubi, the President Museveni then moved to Kawempe, Kampala where he flagged-off construction works for Nakamiro and Lubigi channels respectively.
Nakamiro drainage channel is 3.28 kms long and works will cost Shs20.2 billion while the 2.5km-long Lubigi channel works will cost Shs62.6 billion.
Funded by the World Bank, the works are expected to be completed in 12 months.
The President said besides drainage, the government will also fix most roads to ensure safety of users.
He advised KCCA to use cameras to track people littering channels and the environment, ensuring that the culprits are fined.
Mr Museveni urged the city leadership to fumigate swampy areas for the comfort of those living nearby and insisted that they crack down on corrupt enforcement officials and the police.
“The enforcers are corrupt, they are taking money from people and beating them. This must stop!” the President warned.