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January 26, 2021

Popondetta: Zero Progress On K1.5m-Funded Market

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The people of Popondetta in the Northern Province have called on their leaders to investigate the failed Popondetta town market project.

One point five million of DSIP funds have been allocated for the redevelopment of the market, but it is still incomplete.


The designated public market in Popondetta Town was once a bustling hub of business activity but this is hardly the case now.


Vendors here struggle to find customers and the conditions of the market are appalling.


Empty stalls and incomplete buildings are proof of their plight. In 2011, K1.5m was allocated under the District Support Improvement Program, or DSIP, to give the market a facelift.


The current state of the market does not reflect that; instead, a neglected and incomplete project.


Vendors and public of the province want answers as to what happened to the money.


It is understood Ijivitari member David Arore allocated the funds under his DSIP.


The market is managed by the Higaturu Local Level government. Attempts to get comments from those involved were unsuccessful.


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