The construction of the Value Addition Market in Soroti Municipality of Teso sub region has started.
The African Development Bank (ADB) through the Ministry of Local Government last year, gave Soroti Municipality Shs18b for the construction of a value addition market.
The contract was awarded to Coronation Developers Uganda Limited on November 22.
The famous Oparia Market in Soroti town which used to host all ‘katogo’ of gluttons and day to day vendors, has been demolished to pave way for the construction of the multi billion mordern high value addition Market, a sister to the main market. This sister market is located behind Soroti Parents PS, just meters away from the main market.
“This site is being demolished without hesitation from the market vendors in preparation for the construction of a multi billion modern high value addition market in Soroti Municipality. The demolition has been achieved 100% by vendors themselves relocating their merchandise and reusable building materials,” Mr Okello Robert, the Soroti Municipal Council spokesman told Aica.
The Eastern Division Chief, who is also the direct custodian of this market, Abraham Omaido, told Aica that vendors have been shifted to the Municipality’s ‘Green Belt’, which is located along Jumabhai Road,which is located opposite Owen Clinic.
“We held sensitization meetings with the sitting tenants and we came up with a concesus. They all agreed to vacate the premise to pave way for the construction of the mordern high value addition market. Construction works will commence as soon as possible,”said Omaido.