Vendors abandon Nakiwogo market due to high water levels

By Harriet Asingura

Nakiwogo market vendors in Entebbe municipality have taken a painful decision to abandon their market after it was over-flooded with waters from adjacent Lake Victoria.

 Ms Madinah Mpimbo who doubles as a charcoal vendor and the in-charge of the tender said, customers had no where to stand while buying, neither did they have anywhere to park their vehicles. “We  have been counting losses. There’s no way i could start collecting taxes from disgruntled people who hardly make a single sale,” intimated Ms. Mpimbo.

With over 200 stalls, each vendor in the market was paying sh5,000 a month, while charcoal vendors used to pay sh3,000 monthly. “We decided to start operating on road sides because we weren’t getting any customers,” added another vendor Ms Betty Mulondo.

Entebbe Deputy Mayor Mr Richard Ssekyondo remarked that no one has a solution to the risen water levels. “Our people should kindly bear with us because we all know, rising of water levels has not only affected Entebbe area but also other areas of the country especially those near shores,” appealed Ssekyondo.

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