The Ministry for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs has appointed new market masters and administrators to take over the management of markets in Kampala from the interim vendor’s leadership.
This development was disclosed by the Minister for Kampala Hajjat Minsa Kabanda, who was addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Tuesday.
Kabanda said the appointment of market masters and administrators is a result of a meeting convened on 16th Nov 2022 at State House in Entebbe chaired by President Yoweri Museveni to solve challenges of market leadership.
“Recently President Museveni issued a letter stopping all market leadership in Kampala that had become a challenge to vendors. While KCCA has implemented this directive in most of the markets, there are some markets like the City abattoir which runs as both a market and an abattoir, that have not seen the full effect of the directive. I would therefore direct and emphasize that there is a need to have a full realization of this directive,” she said.
The ministry for Kampala with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has now appointed new market masters and administrators and allocated their various assignments.
These market masters and administrators are considered public servants and have been going under training in Market management as Minister Minsa Kabanda is emphasizing.
“We have abolished all interim leadership and politically related SACCOs from operating in the markets. Any revenue collection in the markets is the work of KCCA staff only. Unauthorized collection of in markets by non-KCCA staff is illegal and anybody caught will face the hand of the law,” the minister stressed while highlighting some of the new guidelines.
The minister has also disbanded any vendors’ management committees appointed in the markets before this date and are immediately not allowed to engage in any management and administration.
The new leaders in these markets will serve along with the public health officers, market revenue collectors, public health meat inspectors of city abattoirs and a law enforcement team.
The newly appointed market leaders have not been in market leadership before and are to be paid by the Ministry of public service each qualifying for a diploma and degree.
On November 16 2022, President Museveni disbanded the leadership of city public markets and ordered the immediate handover of the operations to KCCA.
The 16 markets being taken over are St Balikuddembe (Owino) Market, Nakasero, Kisekka, Usafi, Kamwokya, Bukoto, Busega, Namuwongo1, Namuwongo II, Nakawa, Nateete, Kasubi, Luzira, Kiswa, Kinnawataka, and Bugolobi.