Adam Kabatano a fruit vendor, told members of the committee that many vendors occupied the market in 1987 but were surprised when their names were not included on the list of vendors to occupy the newly constructed market.
Two weeks ago Raphael Magyezi, the Local Government Minister appointed a 25-member committee chaired by the Acting Principal Commercial Officer Joseline Kiconco to carry out a new verification of the previous list of vendors.
The electricity in the market was left on for only the police post that occupies only two rooms of the entire building. Assy Abireeba, the Mbarara City Clerk says they are left wondering how the bill accumulated to that level when the market is closed.
UNBS' Patricia Bagaine says they gace a big challenge of people lacking knowledge on calibration of products, standards and weighing scales, and collaboration with private sector will broaden knowledge of standard in the private sector.
Nathan Bakundane, one of the affected para vets, says that he has worked for the last three years until the National Drug Authority confiscated his drugs and asked to present a licence from the veterinary board in vain.
Peterson Kakuru, the LC III Chairperson of Rwanyamahembe Town Council, says the operations of Kashari Dairy Farmers cooperative are questionable since they inherited everything that belonged to the then Uganda Diary Cooperation.
Since December 2019 when Kenya authorities ceased at least 3000 bags of powdered milk and packets of Lato milk on claims that Uganda had smuggled the products into the country without paying taxes, the impasse has since seen the milk trade between the countries souring.
The leaders are now pleading for an additional grace period from three months to at least six months due to the effects of the covid-19. They also want new guidelines on how the funds will be recovered.
James Asiimwe, a taxi driver along the Ibanda-Mbarara road, says that he expects the president to lift the lockdown and allow them to resume their operations. He says that, unlike the first lockdown where they received some relief food, this time around they received none.