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M7 Commissions Shs24bn Kitooro Market

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Jan 5, 2021

By Diana Kibuuka

President Museveni has on Tuesday afternoon commissioned the Shs24bn Kitooro market which was built under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program (MATIP).  The new market whose construction commenced two years ago, has given a facelift to Entebbe municipality.

Aerial view of the newly constructed Kitooro market

For two years now, traders who were vacated from Kitooro market to pave way for the construction and upgrade of the market, have been operating in kiosks and a few able ones, managed to rent space on adjacent buildings. News of the completion of the new market was treated with excitement from a big section of the traders while others remain skeptical in regard to the yet-to-be determined rent fees.

While commissioning the market on Tuesday, President Museveni cautioned traders against poor garbage disposal and poor sanitation, saying even vendors should not stay with their children while attending to their stalls. “Good enough, the market has a day-care centre where you can take your children as you attend to the stalls,” Museveni advised.

Charles Magumba the Entebbe municipality town clerk
The market project which was expected to be complete in June, was delayed due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Marijan Isabirye the chairperson of Kitooro traders assured that all traders were registered and therefore, were to be accorded stalls and lock-ups once the market is complete.
“We have not been availed with information regarding rent fees and structure but we are sure it will be affordable to all market vendors,” said Isabirye.
Management of the market
According to the town clerk Charles Magumba, traders shall be charged with day-today management of the market, including, paying for electricity and water bills. “You should also note that the market was built with the capacity of generating solar power and collecting rain water. This will help to reduce such expenses,” intimated Magumba.
The town clerk boasted of a robust solid management system in Entebbe municipality, saying the council will continue taking charge of garbage collection not only in the market, but the municipality as whole.
UCAA acting director general with Entebbe Municipality mayor Vincent Kayanja while touring the newly constructed Kitooro market
Vincent Kayanja the municipality mayor said, the shops and lock-ups in the new market, are enough for all the traders who were operating from the old market, plus those who were operating on the streets. “We therefore expect not to find traders operating on the streets after the market has been commissioned,” expressed Kayanja.
Patrick Rubongoya a consultant under Pan modern consult company noted that the new Kitooro market will have over 930 stalls plus kiosks, 3 cold rooms, 76 cooking stalls, a nursery school, public hall, banking hall, health club among others.  Also inclusive, is a police post, medical facility among others.
Projected revenue
The market which cost Shs24bn, is expected to fetch Sh15m every month, from lock-ups only. It is expected to serve 2,000 people, generating a 20% increase in revenue. Under MATIP, government received a loan from the African Development Bank to construct markets in different municipalities across the country. Construction of Kitooro market commenced in March 2018 and was expected to be complete in May 2020.
Similarly, the second phase of Entebbe taxi park was expected to be complete by December 2019 with 226 units. Under Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Programme (USMID), the first phase of the taxi park is complete, at a cost of Shs7.2bn. According to Magumba, the second phase which is expected to add two floors onto the park complex, is estimated to cost Shs5bn.
The newly constructed Kitooro market has given Entebbe a facelift

In 2013 the World Bank Board approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$150 million to finance urban infrastructure and improve service delivery in 14 municipalities in Uganda. The six-year project is to expand urban infrastructure, and enhance the capacity of the 14 municipal local governments to generate own source revenues, improve urban planning, and strengthen financial management, procurement, environmental and social systems.

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