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Border Town in Kasese Loses 1 Billion Annual Revenue

The town council chairperson Sylvester Mapozi says they had estimated to run on a 2.5 Billion Shillings budget for the financial year 2020/2021 but have only managed to realise 1.5 Billion Shillings most of which was a contribution from the central government.
Business is Mpondwe has been slow since the country went into the lockdown last year in March

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Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Town Council in Kasese District has lost 1 Billion Shillings in revenue collections in the last year.

The town council connects Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.  Most of the revenue is generated from markets dues.

However, following the outbreak of Covid-19, cross border businesses including market operations were suspended.

Mpondwe market contributes about 600 million shillings annually to the council coffers.

The town council chairperson Sylvester Mapozi says they had estimated to run on a 2.5 Billion Shillings budget for the financial year 2020/2021 but have only managed to realize 1.5 Billion Shillings most of which was a contribution from the central government.

He says the town council is crippling to offer social services including maintaining roads and garbage collection due to inadequate funds.

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Cue out: …eye kaliya omwa katale.”//

Mapozi adds that the current insecurity in DRC has also worsened the situation since Congolese nationals are unable to cross into Uganda to do business. 

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Kule Neriko, the Katero Cell chairperson said there is a need for government to consider re-opening the border market to help the town generate revenues.  He notes that the area is already choking on garbage.

Amina Kobusinge trader in Mpondwe says her business returns have drastically gone down since the lockdown was announced last year. Kobusinge who deals in fish says that she largely depends on customers from DRC.  

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Cue out: …ensonga wamugalo.”//

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