Masaka- A new market will be built in Market Cell in Nyendo-Senyange Division in Masaka Municipality, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Mr Patrick Mutabwire, has said.
He was in Masaka last week to preside over the ground breaking for construction of the market estimated to cost Shs11.7 billion.
The money will come from the Uganda government and Arab Bank for Economic Development. Completion is expected by June 2016.
Mr Mutabwire said the new market will have 850 stalls and government will build 26 such markets in the country, including one at Nakawa in Kampala, another in Mbale District, and in other towns.
The market will have running water, electricity, firefighting equipment, parking yard and access roads, among others.
“It’s a big achievement for us to transform this market from operating in an open space and laying goods on the ground to a good structure that is going to be established,” Mr Mutabwire said.
He asked the district and municipality leaders to monitor the project to ensure proper implementation.
Masaka District Woman MP Freda Kasse Mubanda said the new market will boost farming in the district.
“We have been telling our farmers to grow more products but we were being challenged by the problem of a market.
This is now going to be addressed,” he said.
The chairperson Nyendo Market, Mr Muhammad Ssendi, said they have more than 553 vendors who signed a pact with the government, although 647 are registered. He said the new facility will ensure safety for their merchandise because it will be enclosed.