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Vendors in Ibanda, Municipal Council Disagree on Eviction

The development of the market into a modern multi-purpose Business Centre is expected to cost 650 Million Shillings. It will affect more than 50 vendors that include charcoal sellers and food vendors and have been operating from the market for the last 21 years.

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Vendors in Soweto Market in Ibanda Municipality have disagreed over plans by the municipal authorities to evict them. The eviction of the vendors follows a public-private partnership entered between Ibanda Municipal Council and a private investor George William Kigambe Ramlov in 2020.

The development of the market into a modern multi-purpose Business Centre is expected to cost 650 Million Shillings. It will affect more than 50 vendors that include charcoal sellers and food vendors and have been operating from the market for the last 21 years.

Sebdras Kasabitti a food vendor says they have not received any formal communication about their eviction.  She wants the authorities to inform the traders about where they will be relocated to and whether they will be allowed to return to the market after it has been upgraded.

//Cue in: “entekateeka ye kyorora…

Cue out: …kandi itwe titukuzibasa.”//

She also says they are worried that rent could be increased to a fee that they can’t afford.

Jovulet Kyakuziire, a trader, says that they are yet to be informed by the municipal council authorities about the pending eviction.

//Cue in: “turebire embeera nehinduka…

Cue out: …nibeija kutwiraho kimwe.”//

Twiine Apollo Kibeherere, the Ibanda Municipality Mayor, agrees that they have not informed them about the development but says plans to have them relocated are underway.

//Cue in: “abantu abariiho tubarondere…

Cue out: …a temporary arrangement.”//

Deo Tugume, the Ibanda District Commercial officer says that they anticipate collecting 20 Million Shillings revenue annually from the business centre once completed. Currently, they get 3.7 million shillings per year from the market.

//Cue in: “currently the kyorora…

Cue out: …increase local revenue.”//

George William Kigambe, the investor, says that once completed, the business centre will house, lockup shops, Restaurants, a Sports bar, and a nightclub. He says they are committed to complete the construction within one year.

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