Mbale main market vendors have decried what they term as mismanagement of the market dues by municipal authorities.
They told The Nile Post that this has led to accumulated utility bills, rampant power disconnections and accumulation of garbage which has become a menace and a health hazard to the vendors and their customers.
According to the vendors, the money in question is meant for garbage disposal and payment of utility bills.
The fund was previously managed by the vendors before the municipality assumed control, leaving the vendors in speculation.
Since then, the vendors have continued to suffer power and water disconnections due to accumulated bills.
The market is also choking on garbage that has affected the sanitation around the facility.
Efforts to seek answers from municipal authorities were met with resistance and threats to overhaul the vendors leadership.
The vendors accused the authorities of high handedness and impunity.
It took the intervention of NRM women’s league chairperson Lydia Wanyoto to sort out the water problem at the facility.
The vendors have now sought the intervention of NRM secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, to restore sanity at the facility.
Lumumba who was in Mbale on a courtesy visit urged wanainchi to demand for accountability from duty bearers for them to benefit from government establishments.
Lumumba pledged to work with relevant authorities to restore sanity at the market.
Paul Batanda, the town clerk however attributed the problem to insufficient collections.
The Shs 25 billion market was built in 2012 to improve the welfare of traders.