20 July 2011

Uganda: KCCA Cancels Nakawa Market Contract

THE Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has taken over the management of Nakawa market following a rift between rival groups controlling the facility.

KCCA officials yesterday held a closed meeting with leaders of the rival groups, local leaders and security agencies at the Naguru Community Hall.

The closed-door meeting was attended by Kampala resident city commissioner Alice Muwanguzi, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Ibin Senkumbi, Nakawa mayor Benjamin Kalumba and Nakawa resident district commissioner Monday Kintu.

According to Kalumba, the meeting resolved that the current heads of the rival groups hand over power and submit audited books of accounts to KCCA. The directive, however, will not affect the over 30,000 vendors currently operating in the market.

A committee will be set up to manage the market for three months as KCCA carries out a formal bidding process to select a new contractor to run the market.

The collection of market dues will also be conducted by the authority and the Police will be deployed around the market during the period.

In addition, the market will be closed at 7:00pm daily during the period to allow the police to provide security.

The management of Nakawa market has been in a long-standing dispute with rival groups which include the Nakawa Market Vendors Association, Nakawa Market Vendors Ltd and Nakawa Market Vendors Cooperative Society.

Kampala chief executive officer Jennifer Musisi on Monday terminated the contract of the Nakawa Market Vendors Association, which has claimed control over the market for the last four years.

In a letter addressed to the association chairperson, Musisi wrote: "You are hereby requested to give management of the market to Kampala Capital City Authority in compliance with a court order dated June 21 with immediate effect."

However, when contacted yesterday, the group vowed not to leave the market. They accused Kintu of interfering with the running of the market.

Kintu dismissed the accusations and blamed the association of breaching its contract.

He said the group had defaulted in paying arrears of up to sh400m, adding that KCCA had written to him over the matter. Kintu added that the group attempted to bribe him with sh3m, which he rejected.

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