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Kabale Municipality, Traders Feud over Security Fees

The authorities have ordered occupants of the Mwanjari cemetery business centre to pay 10,000 Shillings per month as security fees.
Some of Security personnel (in FFU police uniform) that man mwanjari cemetery business centre security

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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 Kabale-Katuna road.

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 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 month.

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 services.

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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.

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