Traders at Kasenyi Landing Site in Katabi Sub-county, Wakiso District have rejected the appointment of another tenderer to collect market dues in the area, claiming they have a company in charge of that.
Chaos ensued when the LC5 chairperson, Mr Matia Lwanga Bwanika, instructed the tenderer to collect the fees on Wednesday.
“We want to know whether you followed the right procedure of giving out this tender. You should stop using commanding language when addressing us because we are mature and pay taxes that buy your fuel,” Mr George William Jagwe, a trader, said.
Mr Jagwe said the sub-county authorities chose leaders among the traders who registered a company, Aniyaliamanyi Kasenyi Investments Limited, to collect the dues.
“The chairman’s utterances that we are not paying market dues are a lie in pretext to impose his friend to start collecting market dues,” he said.
The business community pays Shs15,000 for lock ups and Shs6,000 for stalls monthly.
Mr Lwanga, who had earlier told traders that the district had brought a new tenderer because there were no uniform remittances of market dues, declined to comment on the matter.
“You should not ask me to comment on why I was imposing a tenderer on the traders and why I was rude to the traders. Ask me how the meeting with the traders went,” he said before hanging up his phone.
Mr Ssalongo Katula, a trade leader, said the district leadership resolved to solve the impasse amicably in a meeting.
“After getting a common position, they will address all the vendors,” Mr Katula said.