Ms Jennifer Namuyangu the Minister of state for local government has revealed that the construction of kitooro market is at 99 percent completion and will soon be opened to vendors to operate from conveniently to earn a living.
Ms Namuyangu made the remarks during a tour of the Shs 25 billion modern Kitooro market which will accommodate over 930 stalls when opened to the public.
Ms Namuyangu urged the municipal leaders to ensure order in the market through training of traders on the importance of vending their items inside the market when it’s opened.
The mayor Entebbe municipality Mr Vincent De Paul kayanja said all vendors in kitooro will be required to cease operating their businesses along the roads and relocate to the market.
“The vendors have been involved in all the market construction process right from the beginning of the work plan and all the adjustments that have been carried out. We assure you that the” he said.
Mr Kayanja said the market will add value on the municipals revenue collections will have which will help the municipal enhance service delivery to residents will have vendors resettled in the market without any politicking.
Mr Patrick Rubongoya the project manager revealed that the construction of the market which is a two year project that started in February 2018 and was supposed to get complete by February this year was delayed by construction of roads around it which called for a redesign.
“They constructed these roads, the difference between the lower road and upper road is close to 6.5m, when we were initially designing this, the change in levels was only 5 metres. We did a redesign which introduced a basement and lost about two to three months for block M which has the cooking area, fish market, chicken and elaborate rooftop for our systems among other things that delayed us” Rubongoya revealed.
Rubongoya added that said testing of the installed modern systems has been scheduled to take place from the 25th to the 30th of this month to ensure functionality before it’s handed over to the local government government for the official reopening.
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