The construction plan for the six Billion Shillings facility kicked off in November last year and was expected to be done in November 2021. The new border market is being constructed by Ambitious construction Limited which is funded by the World Bank through Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project.
Key among the activities is the recruitment of Parish Chiefs, establishment and training of Parish Development Committees, set up of the Community Information System (CIS) and mobilization of the masses at lower government level.
According to the plan, the Kingdom will focus on 17 pillars which include, operationalizing the railway systems, upgrading of Kasese airstrip, revamping of Kilembe mines factory, Agriculture land management and sustainability and Tourism.
The funds were to be used to develop infrastructure especially roads and streets within the central business area of the town including Rwenzori Road, Margherita, Stanley, Alexander and Mukirania streets.
According to the residents, UWA had previously conducted surveys on the disputed land but they were surprised when the ministry surveyors went the disputed UWA demarcations and encroached on their private land. They accused the land officials of being compromised by UWA and police.
Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA and residents of Kahendero have been embroiled in a row over land measuring over 9,000 acres neighbouring Queen Elizabeth National Park. In May residents accused UWA of demolishing their structures to take over their land.
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has now directed the ministers of Luwero- Rwenzori Affairs, ICT and national guidance and Members of Parliament from Kasese to identify land to resettle the affected persons.
Kasese LCV Chairperson Eliphaz Muhindi Bukombi, says that last year’s floods greatly affected learning in the district citing many parents who lost their businesses among other properties and are unable to support their children back to school.
The town council chairperson Sylvester Mapozi says they had estimated to run on a 2.5 Billion Shillings budget for the financial year 2020/2021 but have only managed to realise 1.5 Billion Shillings most of which was a contribution from the central government.