Friday Noah and Aggrey Agaba, both motor vehicle mechanics say that when they were ordered to relocate from Garage Street to Mwanjari cemetery, the authorities assured them that the place was clearly zoned. They however say that on reaching, the cemetery, they found total confusion.
mechanics operating in Mwanjari cemetery business center are up in arms against
Kabale Municipality authorities for alleged failure to zone the place. In May
this year, Kabale Municipal authorities forcefully relocated all motor vehicle
and motorcycle mechanics from Garage street market in the central division,
northern and southern divisions to Mwanjari cemetery business center.
is found along Kabale-Katuna road in Southern Division, about 1.2 Kilometers
away from the heart of Kabale town. Also
affected were taxis and buses that were operating opposite Uganda National
Roads Authority (UNRA) offices in Kigongi along Kabale-Mbarara road as well as
Kisoro Taxi Park commonly known as Esso along Kisoro road in Central
In 2019, the
authorities moved some of the traders to the cemetery to pave way for the
ongoing construction of the Shillings 23billion modern market under the World
Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP III. Authorities
want to covert Garage Street into a business district.
mechanics and traders say that the authorities have failed to take steps to
zone the market to ease their operations. They say currently mechanics are
mixed up with hoteliers, bars, retail shops, saloons, shoe and clothes
dealers. They also cite another example of a porridge vendor operating adjacent to a toilet.
and Aggrey Agaba, both motor vehicle mechanics say that when they were ordered
to relocate from Garage Street to Mwanjari cemetery, the authorities assured them
that the place was clearly zoned. They
however say that on reaching, the cemetery, they found total confusion.
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Tukamwesiga Kamaani, the Chairperson of Mwanjari Cemetery Mechanics Association
says that the mixing up mechanics, hoteliers, porridge sellers and general
merchandise traders compromise the hygiene in the business center. Tukamwesiga
says that authorities have failed responsibility of making sure that the
business Centre is organized.
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Arthur Arineitwe and Edward Duhimbaze, both businessmen say that the municipality
authorities rushed to relocate them one mission of making profits by renting
the lockups they own in the cemetery.
that because garages are mixed with bars, mechanics spend most of their time drinking
alcohol instead of working.
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Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Mayor Kabale Municipality says that although
they have not yet fully zoned the business center, bicycle and motorcycle
mechanics have remained adamant and continued operating in the corridors of the
business Centre yet they were directed not to mix.