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Deadline Looms for Traders to Vacate Supreme Council Land in Luwero

Luwero Town Clerk Irene Nakamatte issued a notice In July directing the District Kadhi Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa to stop operations of the market that was established on part of the 20-acre piece of land belonging to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. The market was established two months ago by Kadhi Mulindwa at Kalongomiti Zone in Luwero town.
File Photo; Kadhi Ramadhan Mulindwa inspecting traders at the disputed market in Luwero town

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Luwero District Kadhi and traders have disregarded Town Council’s directive to stop operations of a market established at the land belonging to Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.

Luwero Town Clerk Irene Nakamatte issued a notice In July directing the District Kadhi Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa to stop operations of the market that was established on part of the 20-acre piece of land belonging to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. The market was established two months ago by Kadhi Mulindwa at Kalongomiti Zone in Luwero town.

Nakamatte said that the market was illegal, established without consultation of the town council and ordered vendors to relocate to already existing gazetted markets. Nakamatte gave the Kadhi up to August  13, to close the market or be forcibly ejected. But URN visited the market today and found more traders erecting stalls ahead of the deadline.

Hamis Migadde, one of the traders said that they are happy about getting space to set up new stalls and vowed not to vacate the land as the town council directed. Migadde added that there was no space in the gazetted markets to accommodate all traders, while others are not strategic for business.

Another trader Wilson Nsamba said that the land was idle and it had become a security threat in town something that the authorities must appreciate this will be no more over the establishment of the market. Nsamba says that they are willing to pay taxes to the town council and should settle for that rather than threatening to evict them.

//Cue in; “Naye Olwa leero…

Cue out…kuva wano.”//

Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Luwero District Kadhi says that he has no plan to close the market but asked the town council to inspect it and only advise on how they can make it better to operate legally.

Mulindwa says that it will be a provocation by the town council to close the market yet they are other religions that operate markets in the town council.

Mulindwa says that currently there are over 2000 traders operating in the market and town council should appreciate that they gave space to its unemployed youths to get where to work from.

//Cue in; “We believe…

Cue out…in our minds.”//

Luganda//Cue in; “Sikatale ka muntu…

Cue out…COVID 19.”//

Chris Johns Buwembo, the LCIII Chairperson of Luwero Town Council said that another notice will be issued reminding the vendors to vacate the land before eviction takes place as earlier indicated.

Last month, Muslim leaders paying allegiance to Kibuli based faction also asked the town council to evict the traders after they failed to agree with Kampala based faction led by Kadhi Mulindwa failed on the establishment of the market on land.

The faction insists that the land can be put into other use rather than operating a market there.        

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