Remodelling Kampala City Markets in Kampala Urban Area
I am stunned with Kampala City Council and political party hypocrisy and corruption. Imagine the amount of money taken from Kampala Market’s stall owners, and envisage the terrible physical state of disrepair the Market are into! Then they shout about corruption! KCC must be disbanded.
Why political parties with their development demagoguery, doesn’t allow the Criminal Investigation Department, the Inspector General of Government investigate where over 100 millions collected from the so-called park yard (Nakivubo stadium car park yard) and Owino goes? See attachment Nakivubo! Nakivubo management and KCC rents out Nakivubo parking yard but the money had never been account for!
Nsambya, Nakawa, Natete, Busega all these markets pay duties, tolls, taxes you name it. When a stall owner for example builds a stall he or she pays a construction fee! Plus a monthly charge and then taxes to Uganda revenues authority through the so-called market contract owners.
What are these types of contractors and what service do they provide other than stealing people’s earthly riches to feed their greed for political power? They will pay dearly for this recklessness.
Redevelopment, Remodelling and redesigning of Kampala City Markets, is not such a complicated thing. Market vendors, all those I have personally talked to, are willing and have the financial clout, to redesign and model the markets to highest and best acceptable modern standards.
Market vendor’s only impediment, is lack of;
1. Physical Planning Capacity
2. Architecture and Construction Engineering Capacity, to remodel Markets.
3. Financial management capacity, which Commercial banks can provide.
Kampala City Markets, do not need an investors, or private managers (contractors), other than some form of government planning input, that the MINISTRY OF WORKS must provide. It will make Kampala City Markets become suitable, for all seasonal habitation, with proper sanitary, hygienic and efficient delivery of services, in an urbanised and compact city environment they are located into.
The Ministry of Works, Architectural and construction engineering works departments, (am willing to offer my expertise free of charge) must put their heads together and design suitable market for an urban environment considering the following:
a. Uganda’s tropic environment – in relation to fresh and dry foodstuffs sold in these markets.
b. Compact city environment with high-density population and traffic.
c. Storage facilities for fresh produce sold in Kampala City Markets i.e. perishable and high contaminable fresh foodstuffs like meat and fish.
d. Parking facilities in relation to human and motorised traffic.
e. Fire outbreak possibility and mitigation.
f. The surrounding social, built, commercial and physical environments.
g. With polished stones cleaning markets will be very cheaper and easy. There area lot of granite rocks between Luwero and Kigumba for that purpose.
So far, all Architectural models, from Kiseka, Owino, Nakawa and Nakasero markets, I have seen, are not properly designed, to suit the purpose they are planned for.
What and how should city markets be modelled?
1. Fresh food Markets, must have clearly demarcated departments i.e. those selling dry from fresh, highly contaminable (meat, fish) and creameries foodstuffs.
2. City markets must be spacious and well ventilated to offer 100% air circulation. It is therefore a necessity, to engage VVS engineer (building ventilation) and experts.
3. For dry items, 100% air circulation, prevents bacterial, fungi and mould attack on dried foots items – implying city markets must have modern dry storage facilities per items or commodities sold. E.g. rice, maize flour, groundnut, powered milk etc.
4. All Kampala City Markets must have cold storage facilities and refrigeration for fresh and highly contaminable foodstuffs.
5. Kampala City Markets, especially those selling fresh foodstuffs, must have 100 % water supply all day around, partly for floor, food item cleaning, washing and refreshing.
6. Since women, make the bulk of workers in city markets, it implies given to their biological needs (menstruation) access to 100% laundry and bathing facilities must be provided. Laundry facilities like washing, and hot air driers machines are provisions for instant cleaning, also medically required for butchers and fish sellers. These must be underground the markets, highly guided by civil engineering works and food safety regulations.
7. City markets, must provide Kindergarten for babies and small children to off load extract work, for mothers in markets. It provides total physical and psychological peace for mother working environments.
8. Provisions for enough parking space, around the markets is a must – motor traffic can be regulated with automated billing parking machines.
9. The markets underground offloading and loading facilities to ease traffic congestion. Off load and upload can be time regulated i.e. at low and high peak hours.
10. All Kampala City Markets must be provided laboratory-testing facilities for fresh foodstuffs and medical facilities – as a highly educated urban population grows, so will fresh food demand and necessity for high hygienic standard provisions.
11. Kampala City Markets, must have self-automated pressurised biodegradable waste facilities. Implying City and town council must provide adequate waste disposal facilities all year around.
12. Those selling ice creams, milk and eatables should be isolated from fresh and dry food markets. Retail Shops within fresh food markets, selling consumable in the category of super markets should be outlawed on medical grounds, within the market parameters.
13. The same applies, to those selling old clothes and metals that should have separate departments far way from fresh food markets. Owino and Kiseka markets.
For Uganda Revenue Authority remittance, commercial banks should be enticed to work with market vendors. URA will provide automated calculating software for registration, enrolling, incomes and expenditures collection and monitoring membership of all Kampala City Markets.
Kampala City Markets must reduce population densities. E.g. more markets can be built to hold a population of not more than 500 vendors each. This is possible with clear demarcation of dry/ fresh food vending and mivumba/ metal sellers i.e. in Owino and Kiseka markets.
Kampala City Council must only play a monitoring and guiding roll.
With the help of PPDA act, Local government Act, Leadership code, the Land Act water and environmental laws, etc-, KCC should show cause, why have been unable to develop, redesign, model, upgrade a single part of Kampala, as so stipulated in the county and town planning act and Kampala development programme or the so called structure plan that expire in 2000.
The government, can therefore, use the above laws to take over KCC. Allow the department of architecture and civil works engineering in the ministry works, start redesigning the city with immediate effect. The design can be given to respective vendors to look for money and develop or build new markets themselves.
The department of architecture and civil works engineering, in the ministry works can on a daily basis, for only a period of six month plan the entire Kampala City Markets. With the help of official community planning principal, where markets vendors, through their local councils will take on the roll of approving all planning projects, without KCC official input. That way you don’t contravene the Local government act.
I can help design, a full proof programme, that will completely do away with corruption in councils and streamline development of towns and cities, where no land could be stolen and misused.
Bwanika , Nakyesawa Luwero.
Daniel Bwanika www.idrc-ug.com