Masindi vendors decry stench, low sales


Vendors in Masindi Central Market have decried the poor sanitation in their market, accusing the municipal council authorities of failing to put up mechanisms of ensuring cleanliness in the area.

The vendors’ chairperson, Mr David Asiimwe, said on Tuesday Masindi Municipal Council delays to collect the garbage and people who reside nearby dump rubbish in the market at night.

The problem has been exacerbated by the heavy rain which have led to flooding because the market has no proper drainage system.

Sales affected
Mr Asiimwe said the stench from the garbage repels customers and affects the vendors’ sales. “We want the municipal authorities to procure enough garbage bins and place them in strategic areas where they can easily be accessed by members of the community,” Mr Asiimwe said.

He also criticised the municipal authorities for failing to install security lights, which he said is exploited by some people to sneak into the market and steal goods. There are more than 1,000 vendors in the market.

The mayor, Mr Joshua Amanyire, expressed ignorance about the matter. He wondered why community members have to dump rubbish in the market when there is a truck which is supposed to collect it. “Such people should be arrested and prosecuted because a town should be very clean,” he said.

Mr Amanyire said he would direct his technical staff to sensitise members of the public and vendors on how to dispose off garbage.

The numbers
The number of vendors in the market.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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