48 traders have now signed a letter and presented their financial losses mounting to 1.5 billion shillings to the Speaker of Parliament through their area Members of Parliament asking for both financial assistance and Tax arrears waiver. They do not however state what their Insurers are saying about compensating them.
City traders who lost their timber and Furniture to fire have written to the
speaker of parliament in the request of financial assistance worth 1.5 billion
the 25th of October Fire burnt timber Kiosks, motor garages destroying property
that included; Timber, Machines, timber stores, door frames, shutters,
furniture, hardware property, vehicles among others.
Forty-eight traders have now signed a letter and presented their financial losses to the
Speaker of Parliament through their area Members of Parliament asking for both
financial assistance and Tax arrears waiver. They do not however state what their Insurers are saying about compensating them.
They say property worth 1.5 billion was destroyed in the fire.
Basiime, the acting Chairperson of the affected traders says the unforeseen
disaster left all the traders psychologically and financially distressed.
demands the police to speed up investigations and come up with a report that
they can attach to their letters to submit to different offices seeking
in: “investigations have never…
out: …law-abiding citizens.”//
Ishanga, the director of Mbarara General Works limited and one of the
affected traders says as the unending struggles of Covid-19 are still on, the
fires that destroyed their property have worsened their financial strength
noting that they have liability loans liability with several banks.
wants the government to cause a tax arrears waiver on all traders that lost
property in the fires.
says the unending investigations can never stop life from continuing much as
the reports are needed by URA, Insurance companies and banks.
City Clerk John Behagana Matama blames the quick spread of the fires on the
lack of service lanes noting that all the would-be lanes in the affected area
were constructed on.
in: “ekinaba nigamba ekibarikweta… //
out: …service lane bakazombekamu.”//
urged traders to stay patient and wait for a final report from police after
investigations are done.
says traders and the city authorities have agreed that simple temporary
structures that cannot be quickly razed by fire be constructed as the city
plans for them the way forward.
in: “so today we…//
out: …response any time.”//
Mugabe Kakyebezi, the Mbarara City Mayor stopped the affected traders from
constructing unless they follow the right procedures and promised to sit with
the security committee to speed up the investigations and come up with a
Kasasira, Rwizi region Police Spokesperson when contacted said that they have
given the traders a simple report to use for the meantime as they wait for a
detailed report after investigations.