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Kabale Traders, Municipality Split over Relocation

Last week, Kabale Municipality authorities reached an agreement with Uganda Police Force department of logistics to temporally relocate traders dealing in foodstuffs to Kabale Police Barracks playground located in Kigongi along Kabale-Mbarara High Way.
12 Mar 2019 11:03

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A row has erupted between traders in Kabale Central Market and Kabale Municipality authorities over relocation.

Last week, Kabale Municipality authorities reached an agreement with Uganda Police Force department of logistics to temporally relocate traders dealing in foodstuffs to Kabale Police Barracks playground located in Kigongi along Kabale-Mbarara High Way. 

The relocation is part of the process to pave way for the planned reconstruction of a new market under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program - MATIP III.

However, traders oppose the place of relocation saying that the playground is not strategic to their customers. The traders also say that the playground is very small, floods whenever it rains and has no toilets.

Benson Mubangizi, a trader dealing in vegetables says that the council should have looked for another strategic place where to relocate them than opting to Kabale Police barracks playground.

Patience Kariyo, a trader dealing in Matooke says that relocating them to Kabale Police barracks playground is not fair at all. Kariyo says that the place always floods whenever it rains and could scare away their customers.

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 Nuriat Mbabazi, the Vice Chairperson of Matooke Sellers Association faults the Municipal Council for relocating them without consultations.

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Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Mayor for Kabale Municipality says that all the issues being raised by the traders are minor and will be solved by the time they are relocated.

Byamugisha also says that traders should not worry much since the relocation is temporary.

He also says that traders are being influenced by a group of people with intentions of sabotaging construction of the market.

Darius Nandiinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner says that whatever issues are raised about the market project, no one will stop the construction of the market since it is a government project.

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