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Police, Clash With Mbale Vendors Over Mast Installation

Ayubu Madoi, the Chairperson Mbale Central Market, says he received a letter from the town clerk last month notifying him about the proposed installation of the mast on the market building, a proposal that was rejected by the vendors.

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Police have used teargas and pepper spray to disperse vendors in Mbale Central market protesting the forceful erection of a telecom mast on top of the market building.

The vendors went up in arms this morning after a team of engineers from Eton Towers tried to erect the mast under tight police protection.

They blocked the engineers from proceeding with the work prompting police to fire teargas and assault the vendors leading to running battles.  Eton Towers was reportedly contracted by Airtel Uganda to install the mast to boost its signal in Mbale and the neighboring districts.

However, a section of vendors are opposed to the move to install the mast, saying they were never consulted and sensitised.   They accused the municipality of sidelining them before entering into an agreement with Eton Towers to install the mast.

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Martin Wagola, one of the vendors, said they are worried for their life because the market has cracks, which makes unwise to add weight on it.

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Ayubu Madoi, the Chairperson Mbale Central Market, says he received a letter from the town clerk last month notifying him about the proposed installation of the mast on the market building, a proposal that was rejected by the vendors.

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But the Mbale Municipal Public Relations Officer, James Kutosi, says the installation of the Mast is a government program championed Uganda Communications as a center of convergence for communication transmissions. 

He also downplayed the need to consult the vendors, saying the issues of the mast are beyond their comprehension.

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He said that Eton towers paid Shillings 125 million to Mbale Municipality for erecting the mast, which the market executive wanted to share with the council.

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Jonathan Turyasingula, the Mbale District Police Commander told URN that they have picked up 4 suspects for resisting the installation of the mast. 

He says the suspects will appear in court for sabotaging government programs and assaulting police officers on duty.

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