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Masaka Municipality to Relocate vendors to Children's Park :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Masaka Municipality to Relocate vendors to Children's Park

Masaka Municipality bans schools from conducting co-curricular activities at children\'s park. Schools heads, pupils, and general public are accusing municipality officials of attempting to grab the land since it is not a gazatted space for market.

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Masaka Municipal council authorities have banned children and students from conducting extra-curricular activities at the children’s park to paveway for the relocation of vendors to the park. The disputed children’s park is located opposite Masaka Secondary school in Katwe-Butego Division.

Until last week, over five schools were using Masaka Children’s park for co-curricular activities, recreation and other public events. The schools include amongst others Masaka secondary school, Masaka primary school, Step up Nursery school and LionsNursery school.  

 

 

 

Last week, Masaka Municipal council fenced off the children’s park and deployed law enforcement officers to prevent members of the public from accessing it. Johnson Baryantuma, Masaka Town Clerk says  they fenced off the park, to pave way for the construction of toilets and stalls that will be used by vendors who will be relocated from Masaka central market.

 

Baryantuma argues that the vendors are being relocated to pave way for the redevelopment of Masaka central market next month. Leopold Okitoi, head teacher Masaka Primary school says that his pupils have no where to conduct physical education classes since they have been barred from the park. Okitoi explains that his school had set up a temporally play ground at the park becase they lack enough land to up their own field. Okitoi questions the logic behind the decision by Masaka Municipality to destroy an open space gazetted as a park.

 

 

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12-year old Brenda Nanyonga, one of the pupils banned from playing at Masaka Children’s park says she feel sad because she can longer play during break time due to lack of space.

 

Nanyonga says that the only alternative space is far away at Hill Road primary school.

 

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Abdul Kateregga and Mariam Nakizito are primary seven pupils of Masaka primary school. They say they are now unable to have physical education lessons due to lack of space.

 

 

Kateregga says that they can not use Hill Road public school play ground because it is always crowded. But Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, Masaka Mayor says the park was only allocated to the vendor for a temporally period because government was threatening to cancel the 2.5 billion shillings offers to redevelop the market.

 

He instead accuses the owners of schools of operating illegally without gazetted play grounds.

 

 

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Last year, Masaka municipality spent 14million shillings to clear space near the main taxi park to relocate the vendors but they refused to bulge.

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