Usafi leaders say market could only take in 856 out of 1292 who applied to get stalls

A total of 427 vendors from the demolished Park Yard market have failed to secure space in Usafi Market, a facility initially acquired by Kampala Capital City Authority to absorb vendors from the city streets.

The market, adjacent to the clock tower, a few minutes from the city centre, in Kampala Central Division was adjusted to accommodate up to 5,000 vendors. However, it had 3,500 occupied stalls at the time of the controversial demolition of Nakivubo Park Yard Market.

Peter Kivumbi, the chairperson of Usafi Market Traders Association told Uganda Radio Network that they received applications from 1,292 vendors but only managed to get stalls for 865 vendors. He added that 427 genuine applicants could not be taken on; while another 300 other applicants were rejected for disguising themselves as Park Yard traders.

The stalls were allocated on Monday after nearly two weeks of waiting.

“In our findings, we learnt that people who came here to apply for stalls but have never been vendors. Other vendors have been allocated space at Ham Shopping Mall and they also wanted space here. We detected them and rejected their applications,” he said.

He said Usafi market leadership will allocate 40 stalls to disabled vendors who came from Park Yard market within this week. Kivumbi said the disabled vendors were a bit unsystematic and delayed to submit their application forms.

“We have just received their applications. They brought their forms last week on Wednesday and we asked them to come back this week, Kivumbi said.

Park Yard started in 1980s as a vending place for people with disabilities supported by local leaders. When city authorities embarked on a massive exercise to evict vendors from Kampala Streets, they found it easy to relocate themselves to the yard, adjacent to Nakivubo stadium since the place was open and being occupied by few disabled people.



FC Villa affected by Nakivubo takeover, relocates home ground to Masaka

Sports Club Villa has relocated its home-ground to Masaka following the takeover of Nakivubo stadium by businessman Hamis Kiggundu. Nakivubo was home to SC Villa and Police FC.

Kiggundu, through his company Ham enterprises, has reportedly signed an agreement to transform Nakivubo stadium into a modern  multipurpose stadium with a sitting capacity of 25000 people. The current stadium hosts 3000 people.

Villa President Ben Misagga says that following the takeover, the team has finalized negotiations with Masaka municipality to use Masaka Recreation ground as its home base.

Misagga, who led a team of officials to unveil the new home for the club today, said that Villa has a strong fan base in Masaka, which was its home ground until the 90’s.

Misagga added that SC Villa intends to construct its own stadium in Masaka in memory of late Patrick Kawooya, the former club president.

SC Villa Finance Secretary Moses Musasizi the hopes the relocation of the home ground to Masaka will help the club get secure more funds.

SC Villa Chairman in Charge of Buganda region Henry Mulinde expresses excitement that ‘Villa is returning home’.  Mulinde notes that the relocation of Villa to Kampala affected many of its supporters in Masaka who could not travel to Kampala to boost the team.

Villa’s first game at Masaka Recreation Ground will be against Arua side Onduparaka on March 7. However, the move is awaiting the approval of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations-FUFA.



KCCA denies hand in demolition of park yard

By Segawa Robert

Kampala Capital City Authority executive Director Jennifer Musisi has denied that KCCA having a hand in the demolition of park yard Market.

In statement presented by the Michael Okua the Director legal of KCCA ,states that KCCA has not given eviction orders nor permition  to Ham Kiggundu to demolish the park yard as well as Nakivubo war memorial stadium.

She said that Ham Kiggundu had only given in a request to take the yard for redevelopment because he had more than 1200 stalls at Ham shopping Mall and he could pay for 300 stalls in USAFI market but had not agreed only to hear news of demolition on Monday.

All this has been revealed in the resumed council meeting at city hall today Chaired by Lord mayor Elias Lukwago.

Traders stranded as Parkyard is sealed off

By Robert Ssegawa
Hundred of Park Yard vendors are stranded after police sealed off the market this morning.
The  minister in charge of Kampala Betty Kamya issued a month ultimatum for the vendors to vacate  the space to pave way for development of the land belonging to Nakivubo war memorial stadium.
 The market is now being guarded by police and traders have been seen  picking their merchandise. It has been revealed that HAM the investor  who is developing the land has offered vendors the entire third floor of Park Enkadde shopping mall to relocate and extended a grace period of three months without paying rent.

Police intervenes in the Park yard traders’ demonstration

By Robert Segawa

Businesses has today morning been paralysed after park yard traders demonstrated , dismissing Kampala minister’s directive to have them out of  their area of operation with in 30days.

Police intervened  arresting some of the traders who are thought to be ring leaders of the demonstration.  The demonstration got violent as traders had began pelting stones at police officers, injuring some of them.

Early this week minister Betty Kamya passed a 30 days ultimatum asking the traders to leave the space for developer  Ham so he can build standard structures .

Many shops along  Nakivubo Mews, Channel street, Nakivubo road  and all roads around  park yard remain closed.

Nakivubo stadium closed over 480 million

By Robert Ssegawa

The Uganda Revenue Authority -URA has closed off Nakivubo stadium over 480 million tax debt that has accumulated since 2013.

URA debt manager Abdusalam Waiswa says the management of Nakivubo has failed to fulfill its promise on remitting the taxes as per 2014 memorandum of understanding which was signed by both parties.

He adds that all the people operating various businesses in Nakivubo will not be allowed to continue with activities until management clears the debt warning that those who defied the order risk being arrested.

Waiswa says that failure to clear the debt will prompt the tax body to auction some of the property to recover the money