Relocation Delays Worry Kitgum Market Vendors

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In short
Kitgum market is one of those to be reconstructed under the phase two of the Markets and Trade Improvement Program MATIP2. According to the road-map laid down, the vendors are supposed to be relocated by January 2017, to pave way for the breaking down of the existing market structure.

Kitgum district market vendors want the municipal authorities to explain to them the delays to relocate them ahead of the planned market reconstruction next year. 

Kitgum market is one of those to be reconstructed under the phase two of the Markets and Trade Improvement Program (MATIP2). 

According to the road-map laid down,  the vendors are supposed to be relocated by January 2017, to pave way for the breaking down of the existing market structure. 

Alfred Ochan, the secretary of Kitgum District Market Vendors Association, says the delay by the municipality to identify a relocation site will impact on the construction of temporary social amenities including latrines, stalls and power connections to the site among others, whose responsibility solely lies in the hands of each individual vendor.

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Alexis Alfred Abonga, the Kitgum Municipality Engineer who doubles as the focal person for the project, says they have so far identified three pieces of land as the possible relocation sites for the vendors but they are subject to vetting by the municipal authorities before a decision is made. 

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Kitgum town clerk Stephen Lokope says the Technical Planning Committee of the municipality  that comprises several departments is to be convened to expedite the process. 

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After completion,  the market will be expected to accommodate an estimated 2,000 vendors who have registered for space. The commencement of the construction is set for April 2017. 

 

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Annet Lekuru
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