Kabale Municipality authorities and traders operating in Mwanjari
Cemetery Business Centre are feuding over security fees.
The authorities have ordered occupants of the Mwanjari cemetery business
centre to pay 10,000 Shillings per month as security fees.
Last month, Kabale
Municipal authorities relocated all motor vehicle and motorcycle
mechanics from the garage street market in the central division, northern and
southern divisions to Mwanjari cemetery, located in Southern Division along the
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
In 2019, the authorities moved some of the traders to the business centre to pave 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. But, traders argue that authorities did not inform
them about the fees they are supposed to pay.
Ivan Mwebesa and Friday Noah both mechanics argue that the money
is too much especially for traders dealing in small businesses. They also say
that authorities should have asked for 3,000 Shillings per
Amina Tushabe, one of the traders questions why the authorities are
quick to ask them to pay the security fee, yet they have failed to address the row between the two
security committees at the centre.
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Joshua Mutekanga, the Chairperson of Kabale Municipality Vendors
Association wants the authorities to first ascertain the number of the lockups
so that they get the exact amount of the money needed to pay for security
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Alex Baingana, the Southern Division Principal Assistant Town
Clerk says that the decision to have security in the business centre followed
complaints from traders about break-ins of lockups.
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Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Kabale Municipality Mayor, says
that they plan to raise 6.5 Million Shillings from 650 lock-ups for security services. He adds that the traders will be given the mandate to collect
the money but not the council.