KCCA Executive Director Andrew Kitaka, his deputy Sam Serunkuuma, the Director Gender and Community Development Officer Harriet Mudondo and political leaders have Wednesday inspected Kalerwe market to assess the level of compliance.
By the end of today’s tour, the Authority declined to re-open market for failed to meet the required standards.
Kalerwe market was closed last week by the Minister for Kampala Betty Among for failure to maintain the 4-meter distancing set by the government. She however promised to re-open on Monday this week if they are well organized.
However, after inspection today, Kitaka said they were not satisfied with the works and would not open the market as yet, adding that they would continue engaging with the market owners, leadership and vendors to ensure they meet the standards.
Meanwhile, vendors have also been instructed to remove stalls set up inside the market and in the road reserve because they were abusing the 2 meters rule that requires any construction to be at least two meters away from the road reserve.
Currently, Uganda National Roads Authority - UNRA is working on the road reserve and plans to work on its road in the market where three roads had been turned into vending space. One belongs to UNRA and the rest to KCCA.
The authority Director also asked the Kampala Lord Mayor to work with the market management to ensure that stalls occupying roads are removed arguing that KCCA will work on the roads such that trucks bringing merchandise into the market stop off-loading from the roadside.
The Market Chairman Badru Kateregge committed to complying with KCCA and UNRA guidelines.
The vendors are however stranded since the market has not been opened the streets as earlier directed.