KCCA Ministry To Institute Inquiry Into Market Wrangles
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The Ministry for Kampala is to institute a commission of inquiry into the growing wrangles in city markets.
Kampala Minister, Beti Olive Kamya, revealed to Parliament’s committee on Presidential Affairs on 27th September that the commission, which is yet to be named, will inquire into petitions received from sections of vendors across the 72 markets within the city.
Kamya, who was accompanied by technical officials, division mayors and councilors from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), as well as Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, stated that since taking office, at least 30 petitions have been received.
“The petitions revolve about mismanagement and leadership wrangles, as well as ownership of land where the markets sit. Instead of handling petition by petition, I have opted to look at the 15 most contentious petitions first,” Kamya told the MPs.
The Minister estimates that the three-month inquiry will cost about Shs 300 million, which will be a shared cost by the ministry and KCCA.
Some of the city markets with petitions include Balikuddembe, also known as Owino market, Wandegeya market, Kasubi market, Nakasero market and USAFI market, among others.
However, Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago disagreed on the inquiry, noting that KCCA has failed to resolve the wrangles, partly brought on by government’s decision to leave management of the markets to individuals and groups.
Lukwago suggested that government first look at the underlying concerns of the vendors, including management issues and dues paid to KCCA.
However, committee members supported the inquiry and tasked the minister to table the report to Parliament.
During the same meeting, Kamya announced that the Lord Mayor’s salary arrears totaling about Shs 500 million, accrued from 2013, when he was impeached from office by councilors over alleged misconduct and abuse of office.
She said the Solicitor General and Attorney General’s offices are in consultation with Lukwago’s lawyer, Medard Ssegona to finalise the payments within two weeks.