Ugandan Traders Brawl Over World Bank Funded Markets

By: Lillian Naburufe,Isaac Opero,Oliver Namukobe &Moses Wabendo

Kampala-Friday June 6, 2014-Market vendors in Uganda are scrambling for spaces in the multi-million dollar ultra-modern markets constructed using funds from the World Bank.

Over the past months, vendors have been engaged in fist fights over spaces in the five regional open air fresh food markets in Uganda.

Mbale Central Market in eastern Uganda has been a scene of daily clashes which as prompted the police to deploy anti-riot personnel.

The vendors there were angered after they went back to reoccupy the market after completion only to find that the stalls had been illegally allocated to outsiders-people who never operated in the area before vendors were displaced two years ago to pave way for re-construction works.

Ahmed Bisingwa, the Vice chairperson of the Lorry Park Market, one of the markets where the vendors were sheltered temporarily to pave for the reconstruction, says the bona-fide vendors have no problem ‘outsiders’ acquiring spaces but that priority must be given to those who were displaced from their stalls.

The vendors were expected to have entered the market by May 1st this year, but to date, the vendors are still operating at various markets within the municipality.

Several vendors interviewed by The Continent Observer say the delay in reoccupying the market has cost them loss of business.
have been caused by the long verification process and also the cancellation of the first one.

Allegations of corruption has marred the reoccupation of the biggest open air eastern Uganda regional market

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