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Mbarara Authorities Impound Kiosks, Containers

Julius Baguma, one of the affected traders, says they were caught unawares because the municipal authorities didn’t warn them.
31 May 2019 18:12
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.  

Mbarara 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. 

Some of 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.