Julius Baguma, one of the affected traders, says they were caught unawares because the municipal authorities didn’t warn them.
Mbarara Municipal authorities
have moved in to impound kiosks from the Central Business District-CBD barely
hours after the business community and leaders protested their return.
Municipality evicted kiosks from the CBD mid last year in an attempt to create
order in the town. However, the kiosks had
slowly started returning raising concern among traders and residents.
the kiosks had been placed on walkways, in front of shops and green
belts. On Thursday evening, Mbarara
municipal council officials accompanied by Law Enforcement Officers stormed the
CBD and started evicting kiosks.
The eviction exercise went on until Friday morning
leaving many of the people who have operating there stranded. The move to impound the
kiosks comes at a time when the councilors have declined to pass the 2019/2020
financial budget estimates accusing municipal leaders of failing to implement
council resolutions, among them evicting kiosks from the CBD.
Julius Baguma, one of
the affected traders, says they were caught unawares because the municipal
authorities didn’t warn them. He says some of their merchandise was impounded
or damaged during the eviction exercise.
Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi,
the Mayor Mbarara Municipality, says some local leaders had reached to the
extent of saying that the kiosks and containers belong to him. He says there
was no need to alert the traders who have been operating illegally.
Robert Bushweta, the
Kakoma Ward councilor, says the authorities shouldn’t have waited for residents
and councilors to push them to act on the kiosks.