Court orders KCCA to pay Owino market vendors


Court has dismissed with costs a case in which Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) sought to overturn a ruling to hand over land titles belonging Owino market.

KCCA had wanted the Lands Division Court to nullify Justice Joseph Murangira’s ruling of January 17, 2014, where he had ordered KCCA to hand over all land titles of Owino market land to the traders’ association.

The traders under St Balikuddembe Market Stalls, Space and Lockup Shops Owners Association Ltd (SSLOA) are currently managing the 10 acres market without its title. They claim this has contributed to the delay of the market’s redevelopment.

In his Friday ruling, Justice Wilson Mwesigwa said KCCA’s appeal of Justice Murangira’s ruling “carried no merit” and thus thereby “dismiss the appeal” and asked the city authorities to foot all the costs involved on both sides.

Shortly after the ruling, Owino market traders held a procession through the city center.

Justice Mwesigwa further froze any further appeal on the matter and also reinstated the earlier ruling in which Justice Murangira gave KCCA 14 days to deliver the titles to the traders’ association.

Owino market is set to undergo a redevelopment project estimates at Shs1.5 trillion. The project plans indicate that the facility will be developed into a 13-multi-storeyed market with a capacity of 14,000 shops and lockups and a reserved floor free of partitions for people who can’t afford renting lockups.

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