In 2019, the authorities moved some of the traders to the cemetery to pave way for the ongoing construction of 23 billion Shillings modern market under the World Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP III.
There is a fresh row between traders,
mechanics, transporters and Kabale municipal authorities over the maintenance
of Mwanjari market. Early this month, Kabale Municipal authorities forcefully
relocated all motor vehicle and motorcycle mechanics from garage street market
in the central division, northern and southern divisions to Mwanjari cemetery.
The cemetery is found in Southern Division
along Kabale-Katuna road about 1.2 Kilometers away from the heart of Kabale
town. Authorities want to covert Garage Street into a business district. Also
affected were taxi and bus drivers who were operating opposite Uganda National
Roads Authority (UNRA) offices in Kigongi along Kabale-Mbarara road as well as
Kisoro Taxi Park commonly known as Esso along Kisoro road in Central Division.
In 2019, the authorities moved some of the
traders to the cemetery to pave way for the ongoing construction of 23 billion
Shillings modern market under the World Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural
Trade Improvement program – MATIP III. However, mechanics, taxi and bus
operators and traders are now accusing the municipality of failing to maintain
the park, a few weeks following their relocation.
They claim that the bus and taxi parks are
often dusty during the sunny weather and muddy whenever it rains. They say the
parks have no drainage system to drain stagnant water. The mechanics, transporters
and traders also say that the place is currently filthy because of the absence
of cleaners and garbage collectors. They want the authorities to allow them to return to their former workplaces the heart of the town because the cemetery
business Centre is not ready to host them.
Noah Friday, one of the concerned mechanics says
that the area has become a no go zone whenever it rains because the
municipality has failed to apply marram. He says that the area is also full of uncollected
garbage due to the absence of garbage skips. He says that as a result, their
customers reach the entrance and turn away.
Joshua Mutekanga, the Chairperson of Kabale
Municipality Vendors Association, says it is also becoming very difficult to
maintain security because police officers deployed there only work during daytime.
Henry Kabila, another mechanic says that their original workplace was better compared
to where they are now.
Kabila wonders why the authorities are not concerned
to tarmac or pave the business Centre, which affects their operations yet
Kabale is preparing to become a city in 2023. Ivan Komunda, a taxi operator along
Kabale-Mbarara road, says that the failure by the municipality authorities to
put the park to the expected standard is a sign of corruption.
He says that because the park is always dusty
during sunny days and muddy during rainy days, passengers are now forced to trek to Kyanamira
sub-county about three
kilometres away from Kabale town to wait for
taxis and buses.
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Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Mayor of Kabale
Municipality, says that it is the responsibility of the traders, mechanics, and
transport operators to manage cleanliness by buying dust bins and sweep the
market because the place is too big for authorities to deploy cleaners.
He also says that they cannot deploy cleaners
yet traders, mechanics and transport operators have not yet started paying any dues
to the municipality. He says that the municipality will only take there a
garbage truck to collect garbage on selected days in the week.