More than 600 traders in Mbarara City are counting losses after Nyamityobora
Market was gutted by fire.
The fire that destroyed stalls and kiosks started on Saturday at 4:30 am. It is alleged that the fire started from one
of the stalls in the market and eventually spread to the entire market. The destroyed items included fresh foods like Irish Potatoes, bunches
of Bananas, groceries, fridges, wooden Kiosks, among others.
Wilson Rwankore, Chairperson Nyamityobora Market, says that more
than 500 million shillings worth of property was destroyed. He says that by the
time fire brigade arrived at the scene all property had been burnt to ashes.
//Cue in: “abantu abundi kwebembera…
Cue out: million nka 500.”//
Robert Singura, a trader, says that they are yet to establish the cause
of the fire. He says that traders are puzzled how the fire could start at 4:30 am during the curfew hours.
//Cue in: “ogu omuriro gwatandika…
Cue out: …ibiri guriyo nigwaka.”//
Saidat Rukundo, a trader says that the Police Fire Brigade arrived
at the scene at 7:30 am and did not have water.
//Cue in: “rwagati nguhisye rwagati…
Cue out: …bariyo nibashuka amaizi.”//
Samson Kasasira, Rwizi region Police spokesperson, said that they are investigating
the cause of the fire.