Kampala Capital City Authority has passed a resolution for a ban on leasing markets in Kampala. This was during a council meeting yesterday, chaired by the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago.
The proposal was fronted by the Lord mayor himself after getting clues that Bugoloobi market is about to be leased out. Council heard that an unknown investor was seeking to get a lease over Bugolobi market. Council marked out a trend of leasing city markets that left traders suffering, following dubious deals by city tycoons that resulted into land grabbing leaving market vendors stranded.
Markets like Shauriyako were leased out and in the end sold off, leaving vendors stranded. Currently, Nakasero and Owino market vendors live in constant fear of pending evictions from leaseholders. Council now wants all markets to be under KCCA management to ensure safety of vendors.
Key markets in Kampala include Owino, Usafi, Wandegeya, Nateete, Kalerwe, Kiseka, Nakasero and Bugolobi markets.