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Fire Razes Kiosks at Kyanika Border Post

Geoffrey Barore Nombe, the Chairman of traders at Chanika border says that the fire started at around 1 a.m. razing up top 12 wooden kiosks and retail shops containing bags of cement, pool tables, jerry cans of crude waragi, salt crystals locally known as Mahonde, and other goods.
31 May 2019 15:02
Some of security officials at the scene

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Goods worth millions of shillings were destroyed in a fire that gutted wooden kiosks at Kyanika, the Uganda-Rwanda Border post in Kisoro district last night. 

Geoffrey Barore Nombe, the Chairman of traders at Chanika border says that the fire started at around 1 a.m. razing up top 12 wooden kiosks and retail shops containing bags of cement, pool tables, jerry cans of crude waragi, salt crystals locally known as Mahonde, and other goods.

Barore however, faults Kyanika Town Council authorities for failing to compel landlords and businessmen to construct metallic kiosks instead of wooden ones which easily catch fire.   

//Cue in; “omuriro gwatahiriramu erizooba…  

Cue out…nitufwerwa munonga.”//  

Kisoro District Police Commander Charles Okotto says that investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

Kyanika Town Council LC III Chairperson Erasmus Sanyu says that preliminary investigations indicate that the suspected arsonists crossed to Rwanda after the incident. Sanyu says that though a lot was destroyed by fire, the Police Fire Brigade intervened in time and prevented the fire from spreading to other houses.   

// Cue in; “ekyimotoka kya police…

Cue out…batahi baabo.”//

However, Sanyu says that some landlords have started phasing out wooden kiosks and replacing them with metallic ones. 

// Cue in; “ nangwa nokugyira ngu …  

Cue out: …army yariyo.”//  

In January 2018, a fire broke out at Kyanika border reducing several stalls to ashes. Another fire broke out in March 2018 starting from one of the wooden kiosks before it spread and destroyed 25 others.

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