Vendors Refuse to Relocate to New Landing Site

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David Kyasanku, the town clerk Jinja municipality says the project design included the construction of waterborne toilets, shelter for weighing fish, a fish store, stalls, boat pier and offices.

600 vendors at Masese landing site in Jinja have declined to relocate to a new landing site saying it lacks basic facilities. They claim the landing site lacks latrines, sufficient space for their operations and dock for vessels. In 2005, the Egyptian government donated US $ 100,000 for the construction of a new landing site Masese under the Egyptian irrigation project. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry contracted Mosahamet Elbehera Company, an Egyptian firm to undertake the construction work within two years.

However, the project hit a snag due to disagreements. David Kyasanku, the town clerk Jinja municipality says the project design included the construction of waterborne toilets, shelter for weighing fish, a fish store, stalls, boat pier and offices. He says the contractor only cleared and leveled the construction site and abandoned the project. Kyasanku says they have failed to complete the project due to lack of funds. Recently, Jinja municipality tried to relocate the vendors to the new site in vain.

Shamim Nakate, the vice chairperson Masese fish market says close to 600 market vendors at the old port market share a single water borne toilet. She says it is impossible to relocate to the new landing site, which does not have a single toilet. Magid Magumba, the chairperson Jinja Beach Management Unit says work on the site has to be finalized before the vendors are relocated. He says the old landing site can accommodate about 50 boats but the new site is even smaller. 

Christine Abuze, the Jinja municipality East Woman Councilor says they cannot accept to receive the new landing site from Jinja municipality or Mosahamet Elbehera Company because it is incomplete.  She says they can not receive the landing without getting clear explanations on why some of the facilities are missing. Jackson Wadanya Commissioner Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries says funding for the construction of the new Masese landing site was affected by change of government in Egypt.