Jackson Muganiizi, a resident of the Uganda-Rwanda border of Kibanda parish in Kamwezi sub county , Rukiga district says that however much news about re-opening is highly welcome, but Rwandan government should consider compensating families of Ugandans whose relatives were shot dead by its security forces.
The Uganda-Rwanda borders were closed on February 27, 2019. At the time, Rwandan President, Paul Kagame accused Ugandan authorities of spying on Rwanda, abducting Rwandan citizens and locking them up in non-designated areas.
In Kigezi where he hails from, his death has come as a shock to elders, area leaders and residents. A big loss, they say has befallen them with the demise of one of their own, a gallant economist who put Kigezi on the World Map through his exemplary work and whose hand has not only touched but also lifted many other children from the area.
Our reporter saw taxis and buses loading from Kigongi main street and Butorere along Kabale, Mbarara road, opposite centenary bank along Kabale-Katuna high way and former Kisoro Taxi Park commonly known as Esso along Kabale-Kisoro road.
The possibility of ferry services on Africa’s second deepest lake is a result of a campaign commitment made in 2015 by President Yoweri Museveni to ease transport across the water body which had become a death trap for travellers to the districts of Kabale and Rubanda in South Western Uganda.
Through his lawyers of M/S Beitwenda and company Advocates, Kamuntu accuses the trio and others of defaming him through media. He also argues that Mbabazi is not a resident of Rubanda district and his company has never employed any of those demanding payment.
The much-awaited establishment of ferry services at Lake Bunyonyi and the proposed upgrade of the 15-kilometre Kabale-Bunyonyi and 60-kilometer Muko-Katuna roads were pledges made by President Yoweri Museveni during campaigns that preceded the 2016 general election. However, they are yet to be fulfilled.
Godfrey Nyakahuma, Kabale Resident District Commissioner told our reporter that the smuggling of cattle has persisted due to the silent benefit of local leaders at the border. Nyakahuma discloses that security investigations have established that local leaders earn 50,000 Shillings for each cow they cleared.
The traders explained that at first they thought Kabale Municipal Council would fault them for operating in a place not gazetted by authorities as a market until Justus Tinyinondi, the contractor in charge of markets started charging them 1,000 shillings every Monday and Friday when they converged along Bwankosya street for business.
Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Darius Nandinda ordered the trio’s arrest for their involvement in the alleged mismanagement of Shillings 36 million dispatched to the journalist’s by the government as start-up capital.
The team visited Kanyinaburiba airstrip in Kanyinaburiba village of Kyanamira Parish in Kyanamira Sub-county, which was earmarked by Kabale district council about two and half years ago to host the industrial park. However, to their surprise, the team found that the available land is less than 50 acres against the recommended 500 acres by the president.
Byamugisha however, says that funding started declining without clear reasons. He says that this financial year, Kabale Municipality only received Shillings 600million, which cannot adequately cater for the road maintenance works.
The government contracted Multiplex Construction Company Limited and Roko Construction Company Limited to construct Masaka Modern Central Market and Mbarara Modern Central Market in Mbarara respectively.
Friday Noah and Aggrey Agaba, both motor vehicle mechanics say that when they were ordered to relocate from Garage Street to Mwanjari cemetery, the authorities assured them that the place was clearly zoned. They however say that on reaching, the cemetery, they found total confusion.
Last month the municipality authorities forcefully relocated taxi and bus drivers from opposite Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Offices in Kigongi along Kabale-Mbarara road as well as Kisoro taxi park commonly known as Esso along Kisoro road in a bid to reduce congestion in town.