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Chaos as Fourth Vendor Registration Commences in Mbarara

Stephen Rwangande, a landlord and Chairperson of Mbarara Central Market Meat and Livestock dealers says they set up the structures housing the butchery and spent 5.6 million shillings to construct them, thus arguing that they are the rightful people to be registered and not the tenants.
Meat Stall in Central Market

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The fresh registration of vendors dealing in meat in Mbarara central Market has hit a snag after a disagreement erupted between the meat traders, the stall owners and those who slaughter animals in the abattoir.

  The fresh and fourth Registration of all central market vendors followed a directive from the Mbarara City Commissioner James Mwesigye after the election of the new interim leaders of the Mbarara Central Market Vendors Association.  

The Minister of local government Raphael Magyezi suspended the operations of the old leadership that was chaired by Muhammed Nyombi after they were accused of bribery in the previous registration and verification of lists, these were also accused of victimizing fellow vendors.  

The vendors who were supposed to shift to the market at the start of this week failed to after the Minister suspended the process.

Micheal Kigozi a butcher in the central market says the process of registering them was interfered with by the people who slaughter meat in the abattoir.

He says the government directed that those who operate from the lockups should be considered and not the landlords or those that operate from the abattoir.

//Cue in: “leero baaze okutuwandika…//

Cue out: …market ffe bebababawandisa.”//

Stephen Nyanabo another meat seller says those claiming to be Land Lords of the stalls they operate from are the very people who sell them meat in the abattoir.

//Cue in: “tuvawano netugende erufura…//

Cue out: …katiyee aveeri complaining.”//

Kyanjare Amimu, Chairperson of the Meat Traders Association says he has the list of all meat traders and those claiming to be part of it are fraudsters noting that the government gave them a priority for the allocations.

//Cue in: “ abashubuzi abu ndi…//

Cue out: …arimu central market.”//

Stephen Rwangande, a landlord and Chairperson of Mbarara Central Market Meat and Livestock dealers says they set up the structures housing the butchery and spent 5.6 million shillings to construct them noting that they are the rightful people to be registered and not the tenants.

//Cue in: “with all these…//

Cue out: … twayombeka ebiju ebi.”//

He says since then they have been paying rent to the council of 180.000 per month and have all the documents noting that the tenants are turning against them.

//Cue in: “to prove that…//

Cue out: …for the government.”//

Emmanuel Muhumuza the Interim chairperson says the challenge in the meat department is that the stall is owned by more than five people and the allocation is given to only one person.

//Cue in: “you can see…//

Cue out: …you be patient.”//

 

James Mwesigye, Mbarara City Resident Commissioner says the challenge with the meat dealers is between those that were registered earlier as landlords and those that operate daily from the market. 

 

He says they will organize and meet them to sort out the matter.

//Cue in: “those people that…//

Cue out: …the government facility.”//

This is the fourth time vendors in Mbarara Central Market are being registered since the reconstruction the market was started in 2018.

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