Franklin Jjingo, who lost Shillings 3million to the scam says that they woke up on Monday when the financial withdraws had been suspended before the online platform was completely closed down on Wednesday.
The project worth Shillings 18.06 billion was funded by a loan from the African Development Bank-ADB. The three-storeyed market was according to the contract agreement meant to be handed over by November 2019.
Although Total Uganda in a letter dated February 11, 2022, maintains that they have addressed almost all grievances ahead of the Pipeline Affected Persons' compensation, the disgruntled PAPs and CSOs say that little has been done by the company and the said committees to address the escalating grievances.
But, she says that the lockdown came with a mixed bag of frustration and fortune, challenging her to reinvent herself into a sustainable business that earns far better than what the best schools in her locality pay their teachers.
While many people are struggling to recover from the effects of the COVID-19, the story is different for Abbey Lukyamuzi, a youth living with disability in Masaka town, who has ventured into the reproduction and distribution of learners' home-school material in his area.
Hajji Quraish Katongole, the Chairperson of Old Masaka Basenene Association
Limited, the umbrella body of grasshopper trappers in the Masaka region, says that they have lost over Shillings 85million because of the grasshopper scarcity.
Peter Kayemba, the Makonzi Landing site Chairman, explains that they have been requesting NFA several times in more than three years to allow them to expand their residence and replace their shacks with permanent homes due to increasing congestion and filth.
Florence Nsubuga, the Chief Operations Officer at UMEME says they have halted the operation to carry assessments due to public complaints of high-handedness that have been brought against their field enforcement teams.
The ugx35m-machine is a donation from Vi-Agroforestry, a development organisation fighting poverty and climate change in collaboration with farmer’s groups and organisations, advising and training farmers in sustainable agricultural land management.
Augustine Turibalungi, the City Principal Works Engineer says they have now opted to remodel the worn-out shopping lanes, pedestrian pathways and street parking lanes with pavers instead of the traditional asphalt material.
Frank Tumwebaze, the Chairperson on Masaka Market Vendors Cooperative says that the failure by the contractors to complete and hand over the market has frustrated vendors, who are tired of operating in open space.