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Row Erupts over Bukedea Cattle Market

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A row has broken out between Bukedea Town Council and the district over the collection of revenue from Bukedea cattle market.

The town council has dragged the district to court over a dispute on the management and collection of revenue from Bukedea cattle market.

Bukedea cattle market is the biggest weekly market in eastern Uganda with weekly sales of up to 500 heads of cattle.

The market generates monthly revenue of 5.5 million shillings to Bukedea town council.

Alfred Iguna, the LC3 Chairperson, of Bukedea Town Council, says they were forced to secure a high court injunction from Soroti High Court after the district attempted to takeover the management of the cattle market.

Iguna says the cattle market which is located three hundred meters from the town center is the biggest source of local revenue that the council relies on.

Iguna accuses the district of usurping the power of the town council by attempting to take control of revenue collection from the market which is within the town.

But Petero Gahafu, the Chief Administrative Officer says the local government act empowers the district to award and control tenders for markets that are in the town councils.