Kabarole completes Shs11b market for 1,000 vendors
Posted Saturday, October 26 2013 at 01:00
The construction of Mpanga Farmers Market, the main market in Kabarole District town of Fort Portal, is complete and will be handed over to the vendors soon. The Shs11 billion market project, whose construction started in October 2011, was funded by the African Development Bank (ADB).
According to Mr Alan Muhumuza, the resident engineer for KAGA Consultants that built the market, 98 per cent of the work have been completed and the market will be handed over to Fort Portal Municipal Council administration.
Mr Muhumuza said the only pending work is connecting electricity to the market and rectifying parts that had developed damage.
“This project started in October 2011 and was expected to be completed in two years. But due to various reasons particularly related to design, the structure slightly changed. The market is almost ready with 600 stalls, 400 pitches, 200 shops and will accommodate 1,100 vendors,” Muhumuza said.
Fort Portal Municipality MP Alex Ruhunda was happy about the market prospects of increasing revenue for the municipality, creating more than 40 jobs for market supervisors, engineers and providing employment for about 1,100 vendors who will own stalls.
He asked government to provide farmers with soft loans because many lack capital to invest. “Such complex buildings are needed in Fort Portal Town that has been recently identified as a tourism city under the Uganda Vision 2040,” Mr Ruhunda said.
The mayor Fort Portal, Mr Asaba Edison Ruyonga, said Uganda has lost bigger projects due to lack of sustainability plans and advised that a special budget be allocated for maintenance of the new market to save the beautiful buildings from being ruined by accumulated garbage.