Kampala Lord Mayor hopeful Joseph Mayanja alias Dr. Jose Chameleon has advised city traders to take over the leadership of their workplaces, the markets, before Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) takes an advantage of the emerging gaps in the leadership positions.
This followed President Museveni’s order to lay off all the market leaders in Kampala on grounds that they had “made his traders suffer.”
Chameleon said that much as the President’s move is laudable, KCCA should not use the same for their gain as it was the case in 2011, when UTODA relinquished from managing City taxi parks.
“The former Executive Director of KCCA, Ms Jenifer Musisi and other personnel quickly fixed a monthly fee of Shs 120,000 and started harassing taxi drivers although these illegal fees were later challenged in Courts of law,” he noted.
“In a better view, market traders as well as abattoir dealers, should be wise enough not to leave a leadership vacuum whatsoever. Traders should be empowered to manage their workplace,” he added.
In 2009, Parliament secured a USD 70m loan from the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa to finance market construction through the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Project (MATIP).
This, Chameleon said, has not been accomplished as per the plan. He argued that if the traders were actively involved in the leadership of the markets, they would have a better say in such projects.
“This was meant to increase the production and marketing of agricultural commodities, enhance incomes of vendors, increasing employment and customer satisfaction,” Chameleon said.
The six markets are; Wandegeya, Ntinda, Nakulabye, Kasubi, Busega and Kasanga.
“However, it’s only Wandegeya that has been constructed. Busega market is under construction while others have not been started on,” he added.