By; Gideon Ssebulime
The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Council has directed the authority’s technical wing to repossess Nateete Market and resume collection of garbage in the area as investigations into its fraudulent sale continue.
The council chaired by Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago today also ordered the Acting Executive Director Sam Sserunkuma and Acting Legal Director Caleb Mugisha to stop writing letters saying that KCCA does not own the market and has no interest in it.
The council proceedings went on as hundreds of vendors camped in the Lord Mayor’s Parlor at City Hall waiting to hear Council’s decision on the matter.
The council also resolved that two committees probing the market land sale sum up their work before Thursday next week. One committee appointed by Kampala Minister Betty Kamya is chaired by Deborah Mbabazi, the Kampala Resident City Commissioner (RCC) while the City Authority committee is chaired by Murshid Buwembo, the representative of People with Disabilities.
The market under contention sits on one acre of mailo land in Natete. According to documents presented to KCCA committee probing the matter, the market land was sold to R.R Family Transporters Ltd by the proprietors of the contested land on October 22, 2015.
However, Lukwago assured the vendors that KCCA is still in control of the market and the letter which had earlier been circulated stating that it has no control has been cancelled.