Traders go Illegal, Abandon Newly Commissioned MarketDespite the presence of traffic officers at Kasubi junction, illegal activities on the road reserve are gradually worsening traffic congestion on Hoima Road, particularly during rush hours.
Despite the presence of traffic officers at Kasubi junction, illegal activities on the road reserve are gradually worsening traffic congestion on Hoima Road, particularly during rush hours.
Mr Ronald Zibu, the Kasubi market chairperson, said in a phone interview on Sunday that some traders had purposefully deserted the new market.
â€œSome traders are running away from the market to operate by the roadside. However, the law enforcement officers arenâ€™t doing much to undo this illegal activity and their presence on the road is blocking traffic yet this is the same thing we wanted to avoid by constructing the market,â€ Mr Zibu said.
â€œWe thought the traffic on this stretch would be no more but traders have returned on the same road reserve to inconvenience us and this definitely affects our operations. We will act if at all KCCA doesnâ€™t take any actionâ€.
Mr Seyyid Muwonge, a trader, said;
â€œThere is a problem of double allocation of stalls. Thatâ€™s why some traders have been running away from the market because you find one stall is claimed by more than two people. Thatâ€™s how most of us have found ourselves back on the road reserve. There are issues of mismanagement which must be ironed out lest all traders move out,â€.
â€œThere should never be food vending on the roadside. We want vehicles to be on the road and the pedestrians on the walkways,â€ he said.
â€œWe are yet to bring a contractor on board so that they can start construction of the stretch from Kasubi to Lubigi and we hope that when the works commence, those traders will be chased away from the road reserve. But for now our enforcement team is aware and has started operations,â€ he said.