Empowering Commerce: Government’s Pledge to Secure Smart City Bazaar Market Fuels Hope in Kisenyi’s Economic Transformation

The Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has pledged the government’s commitment to acquiring the land currently housing the Smart City Bazaar market in Kisenyi.
The market, a vital hub for former hawkers who were recently relocated by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), occupies approximately 10 acres of private property owned by Bosco Muwonge.

The government had initially secured a short-term lease to accommodate these vendors and provide them with a safe workspace. During her visit to the market on Thursday, Nabbanja reassured the vendors of the government’s dedication to securing a permanent space for their businesses. “Our government is committed to improving the lives of our citizens and we are willing to take all necessary measures, including securing loans if needed, to buy this land to ensure a suitable and stable environment for your businesses,” Nabbanja emphasized.

To improve the infrastructure and working conditions for the vendors, Nabbanja instructed the Minister for Luwero-Rwenzori to provide iron sheets to replace the temporary tarps currently used as roofing materials. She also stressed the importance of adhering to the regulations outlined in the Market Act which was recently passed by parliament and other laws by the government.
“Following these regulations is essential for creating a conducive environment for all vendors. It is crucial to operate within the legal framework and avoid conducting business on the streets,” she urged.

The vendors expressed their enthusiasm and gratitude for the government’s commitment, recognizing the potential positive impact on their businesses and livelihoods.
Hajat Minsa Kabanda, the Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, echoed the sentiment, calling on the government to facilitate the takeover of the market space.
“Expanding the market infrastructure within the city is vital for economic growth and we urge cabinet to support this initiative,” Kabanda stated.

Dorothy Kisaka, the Executive Director of KCCA, assured vendors that efforts were underway to create a smart, secure and peaceful operating environment.
“We are dedicated to ensuring that you have the support you need to conduct your businesses successfully. Our focus is on improving working conditions and fostering a thriving trading atmosphere,” Kisaka commented.

Mayor Salim Uhuru of Kampala Central voiced his support for the government’s commitment to enhancing trade and commerce within the city.
“We encourage all vendors to embrace government programs aimed at improving their businesses and overall economic well-being,” Uhuru stated.
Chairman Lubega, representing the vendors, commended the government’s initiative in securing the market’s future. He also called for support in providing skill development opportunities for vendors who have been resettled in the market.

As the government takes proactive measures to secure the Smart City Bazaar market, vendors and stakeholders anticipate positive changes that will contribute to the growth and prosperity of local businesses, ultimately transforming Kisenyi into a thriving economic hub.