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.
In 2019, the authorities moved some of the traders to the cemetery to pave way for the ongoing construction of 23 billion Shillings modern market under the World Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP III.
On Wednesday, a team of law enforcement officers from Kabale municipality backed by anti-riot police officers stormed Garage and Kigongi Street in Central division and forcefully evicted the mechanics, taxi and bus operators to move to Mwanjari cemetery.
Annet Kyomuhendo, a charcoal dealer in Kigongi in Central division Kabale municipality says that she now sells a sack of charcoal at 30,000 from 20,000 Shillings and a basin at 6,000 from 3,000 Shillings.
Kigezi Region Police spokesperson Elly Maate says that when police made an impromptu raid on the market, they found the six suspects selling adulated fish. Maate says that selling such fish to people is thuggery and could even be dangerous to human lives.
Officials also complained after realizing that the contractor had not considered the toilet of Peoples with Disabilities (PWD)s’ on the ground floor. Municipal Mayor Byamugisha says that constructing a toilet on top of a kitchen creates negative physiological irritation on people cooking in the kitchen especially when a person flushes after using of the toilet.
Eric Karemeera, one of the concerned traders and Bugongi road village LC 1 chairman where the market is located, says the development of the market has stalled due to poor management by the division authorities.
At JK Pineapple Wine factory, authorities found about 15 workers operating in filthy rooms, washing already used empty Heineken Lager beer bottles to pack wine, and adding to wine additives with labelling in Arabic language which they could not read. Silva Byamukama, the manager JK pineapple factory asked for forgiveness and admitted that they measure everything including the temperature of the products being manufactured, using their eyes.
According to the traders, police officers on patrol claimed that they were under instructions from their superiors to impound the lorry because the traders were smuggling Caro light Cream through the porous Uganda-Rwanda border to Kampala under the guise of transporting fresh beans. The traders say the police officers towed the truck to Kabale Central Police station for inspection.
Alex Baingana, Principal Assistant Town Clerk for Central Division says that food vending has been banned because it is difficult for health authorities to access their hygiene. He also says that most of them tend to attract many people who are very difficult to control. Baingana says that the ban is in a good faith because it is only a preventing measure against Corona virus.