The council's financial officer Richard Mabala explains that the shortfall in the revenue collections was mainly caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. He says that the city was not able to collect revenue as anticipated at a time when businesses were closed, and the level of activity was suffocated.
Despite carrying at full capacity, the operators have doubled the fares. For instance, from Mbale to Soroti which was 10,000 Shillings, the fares have increased to 15,000 Shillings and 20,000 Shillings.
While Mbale RDC Pamela Watuwa said beginning to manufacture buses in fulfillment of government's industrialization policy that for increasing youth employment and boosting exports, Ronald Owembale and his fellow boda boda riders said that after buses, they now expect Kiira Motors to start making aircrafts.
The cutting of the line has affected over 10,000 customers from the city and the neighbouring areas like Kachumbala in Bukedea, Budadiri town council and Sironko town council in Sironko district. Police has already launched investigations to establish the motive behind the action of cutting the poles.
“With reference to your letter Ref:TBL/ED/72/20 dated 24th November 2020 on the above caption, We hereby convey Bank of Uganda approval of the request by Tropical Bank to permanently close Mbale and Mbarara branches by 31st January/2021” the letter reads in part adding that the central bank when the process of closure is complete.
Ritah Nafuna, another vendor told our reporter that she had sold 150 t-shirts at Shillings 10,000 each, something she said will help her cater for her family needs. She asked the government not to hound them but rather identify priority areas for the youths to make a decent living.
The Minister said that the investors have always complained to the government about the high costs of power they invest during their operations and the challenges in road shedding that government wants to sort.
According to John Musila, the Vice-chairperson of BCU, last month Mwenyi was asked by board members to present a list of primary society farmers to process their arrears for December last year to April this year, but the arrears seemed exorbitant than what the board members expected.
According to the task force, major supermarkets in Mbale town have failed to adhere to the COVID-19 preventive guidelines such as social distancing and ensuring that their customers and staff wash hands and wear face masks. He listed Bam Shopping Centre, Abrah and Sombe Supermarket.
A team of police officers led by Mbale District Police Commander, Fred Ahimbisbwe deployed in the morning to prevent vendors from entering the market in line with the directives from the COVID19 District Task force.
Through the market community radio, the RDC Sulaiman Ogajjo Barasa announced that the District COVID-19 taskforce had resolved that the market be closed temporarily until they put all the presidential guidelines in place. He said that the vendors had failed to adhere to the guidelines and advised them to stay home until further notice.
URN has established that people operating businesses in the market are not sleeping in these markets and the 4-meter spacing for the social distancing is not visible where vendors have remained congested as many people can assembly in one stall while buying.