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Mbarara City Council Approves Relocation of Traders

The council argues that the vendors were disrupting business in the city and had also depleted the green belts in the town. The affected traders include timber dealers, welders, mechanics, street vendors that have been operating along Victor Bwana road, Akiiki Nyabongo road, Aharibiri along Mbarara Masaka road among others.
John Behangana Matama, the Mbarara City Clerk

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Mbarara City Council authorities have agreed to relocate more than 100 traders from the city centre. The council argues that the vendors were disrupting business in the city and had also depleted the green belts in the town.

The affected traders include timber dealers, welders, mechanics, street vendors that have been operating along Victor Bwana road, Akiiki Nyabongo road, Aharibiri along Mbarara Masaka road among others.

The first category of traders to relocate is the welders and timber/furniture dealers who will be taken to Amagara Marungi Business Park in Koranorya about four kilometres outside the city centre.

The relocation follows an agreement between the owners of about 6 acres of land, Amagara Marungi Business Company in Biharwe Mbarara City North Division.

Enos Baryomunsi, the councillor representing the elder persons who protested the resolution of the city executive on the relocation of the traders says the council should visit the land and determine the size of space to be given to each trader, the fees they are supposed to pay and among other issues before the relocation.

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Muhammad Byansi, the Mbarara City North representative questioned how the Mayor and his executive zeroed on Amagara Business Park without consulting the concerned people.

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Byansi says that the city has land that can be used rather than hiring privately owned land.

Bonny Tashobya Karushya, the Speaker Mbarara City Council Speaker says that in the previous council, it was agreed that the vendors are free to relocate from the city centre to other places along Kabale, Bushenyi, Isingiro roads along Rwizi lane and Nyarubanga park as long as the place is gazetted for business.

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Tashobya directed the city planner to visit the place and ascertain if it is fit for the traders.

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Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, the City Mayor says they are focusing on organizing the city and settling traders in specific places.  He adds that the traders are free to conduct their businesses outside the central business district.

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The councillors agreed that traders should be left to relocate to the places of their choice and those willing to go to Amagara business park should relocate.


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