Some vendors under Jinja Central Market Traders Association have vowed not to vote President Museveni and NRM party if they are denied stalls in the newly-constructed Shs29 billion Jinja Market.
The market, which was reconstructed under the African Development Bank funded Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP-1) is scheduled to be opened by Mr Museveni next Monday.
While plans for the opening are in high gear, the function has been cast into controversy following allegations that some unscrupulous well positioned politicians and traders have been selling off stalls to people other than the original 3,920 vendors who had been operating the old market structures.
“Some of us we know that we are not going to be given the stalls. If it turns out to be true, we are not going to vote for Mr Museveni,” Mr Moses Muzeyi, the leader of the second hand clothes vendors, said last Monday.
Mr Muzeyi also suggested that the official opening of the function be put off until the confusion that had been created by alleged allocation and sale of plots to ineligible persons had been resolved, but the proposal was rejected.
The issue came to light last Monday during a meeting between the vendors and some district authorities.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor