By Baluku Alex
Kasese Central Market will be occupied by traders next month.
The 16 Billion Shillings Market was supposed to be opened to traders last month after being commissioned by President Museveni in December. It is one of the several markets countrywide that was rebuilt under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP-1) – a multi-million dollar project supported by the Government and the African Development Bank.
However, according to a letter written by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Ettedu JJ Geoffrey, the market will be occupied after a vendor resettlement exercise. The exercise involves verifying the list of the vendors who were in the old market and ensure that they are allocated space in the new market.
The exercise will be launched next month starting with a meeting of key stakeholders including municipal council technical staff, head of sections in the market among others.
According to the Ettedu, the ministry has organized a team of technical officers to oversee and ensure that the exercise is properly done. The Kasese Deputy Town Clerk, Zedekiya Kambasu Kairi says that the exercise will be expedited to ensure vendors find suitable shelter as the rainy season begins.