MPs Task KCCA to Justify USAFI Market Planned Purchase Top story

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But members of the Presidential affairs committee of Parliament this morning questioned the motive of the purchase on ground that KCCA may not get value for money from the investment. Ntungamo Municipality MP Yona Musinguzi says the rate is far above the market value and needs to be revisted.

Members of Parliament have put Kampala Capital City Authority to task to justify the planned purchase of USAFI market at what they described as an exorbitant rate.

Initial media reports indicated that KCCA is planning to purchase the market at Ugx 33.8 Billion, a rate that was recommended by the government valuer.  This is Ugx 11 Billion below the rate suggested by the lease holder, Omar Nasoro ssekamatte who wanted to sell the market at Ugx 44.8 Billion.

Sekamatte was granted the lease in at Ugx110million three years ago with the consent of Kampala district land board in 2011.  

But members of the Presidential affairs committee of Parliament this morning questioned the motive of the purchase on ground that KCCA may not get value for money from the investment. Ntungamo Municipality MP Yona Musinguzi says the rate is far above the market value and needs to be revisted. In Response, The minister in Charge of Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze said members need to review the structure at USAFI before questioning the purchase.

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Kampala Executive Director Jenifer Musisi Semakula explained that KCCA needs to secure the land in order to reduce the number of people illegally trading on the streets.  She tells the committee that the market, sitting on a six acre piece of land at Kalitunsi in Mengo-Kisenyi has the capacity to absorb up to 7,000 vendors.

Musisi adds that the market is strategically located at the apex of major routes, with double frontage on Katwe road and Mengo Hill road and is boosted by the availability of a gazetted taxi park which facilitates both the vendors and market-goers.

KCCA was supported by Aruu County MP Odonga Otto who argued that the authority needs to decongest the city. He however questioned the authority’s enforcement capacity saying up until now, KCCA has failed to rid the street of hawkers.

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The committee resolved to undertake a valuation of mission at the market to enable them review and ascertain an accepted value for the Property.