New law to regulate markets

Parliament is set to look into a new bill for consideration called the Markets Bill 2021, this bill seeks to repeal the Markets Act, Cap 94 while addressing the way markets are managed across the country.

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The new Bill, currently before the committee of Public Accounts was tabled last Tuesday by Workers MP Margret Rwabushaija.

According to the legislator, if the bill becomes law it will, among others, solve a number of issues such as market wrangles, regulating market activities while addressing the welfare of market vendors.

"There is a lot of bickering in markets and I am starting with that. They also have management issues, but they do not know how to address them," she said.

The fine print of the bill encapsulates Section 9, which will introduce and establish new Market Management Committees to regulate the activities of all markets.

Namely, these committees will handle day-to-day running of market affairs through a social and economic welfare secretary, public health, sanitation and utility secretary, a representative of persons with disabilities, a representative of the women and youth.

These agencies will collectively regulate any disagreements that might arise in the market and improve the welfare of vendors.

The Bill also aims to transfer existing markets away from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives to the Minister for Local Government and register all markets and market vendors, manage garbage collection, license private markets, provide for levying and collection of market fees.

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