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Business Community Protests Delayed Completion of Mwanjari Cemetery Drainage System

KENEFIELD Services Limited was contracted in June 2023, to upgrade the drainage system in the area covering Hakempu along the Kabale-Katuna road, the Taxi and Bus park, Garage Street and Mukombe Road, as a way of improving hygiene, sanitation and beautification under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) Project.
One of the open holes (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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Members of the Business community operating from the Mwanjari Cemetery Business Centre in Kabale municipality are protesting over delays in completing the drainage system upgrade.

KENEFIELD Services Limited was contracted in June 2023, to upgrade the drainage system in the area covering Hakempu along the Kabale-Katuna road, the Taxi and Bus park, Garage Street and Mukombe Road, as a way of improving hygiene, sanitation and beautification under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) Project.

But the project worth 2.021 billion Shillings which was supposed to be completed and handed over by December 15, 2023, is only partially done.

Agness Komugisha, one of the concerned traders says that all the shallow holes that were dug by the contractor have become a death trap for the community adding that they recently registered two incidents of children falling into the deep holes.

//Cue in; “itwe nka abashubuzi…

Cue out…tibiribirungi Munonga.”//

Alice Tumusiime, a business owner along Mukombe Road says that deep holes that were left open are chasing away customers. Shillah Kemirembe Arineitwe, another concerned business owner is concerned that people have started using the holes as pits for dumping faecal matter and rubbish.

//Cue in; “gurateganiisa ba customer… 

Cue out…mutugyerezeho mutuyambe.”// 

Isaac Mujwekyerwa, another resident wonders why Kabale Municipal Council authorities are silent about the delayed works.

//Cue in; “namuninga nkenjura ku…

Cue out…bafune Obusingye.”//

Gideon Aturinda, the director of KENEFIELD Services Limited Director declined to comment on the matter when contacted by our reporter. But, Kabale Municipality Mayor Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, told our reporter that the work was sabotaged by heavy rains adding that as a result, the contract was extended until March 2024.  

//Cue in; “ebiro bikahwayo konka… 

Cue out…ya setoringa.”//

In May 2021, Kabale Municipal authorities forcefully relocated some business communities like motor vehicle and motorcycle mechanics from Garage Street Market to the Mwanjari Cemetery Business Centre located along Kabale-Katuna road in Southern Division, about 1.2 Kilometers away from the heart of Kabale town. They wanted to convert Garage Street into a business district.

Taxis and buses that were operating opposite Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) offices in Kigongi along Kabale-Mbarara Road as well as Kisoro Taxi Park along Kisoro Road in Central Division were also not spared. 

In 2019, the authorities moved some of the traders to the cemetery to pave the way for the ongoing construction of a  23 billion Shillings modern market under the World Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP III.

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