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Museveni said traders should pardon him for abandoning them, but hastened to argue that they should also ask to be pardoned since they were the first to abandon him when Uganda opened the curtains for elective politics in 1996.
Museveni arriving at Owino Market yesterday. This was Museveni's first visit to Kampala markets

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President, Yoweri Museveni dished out more than Shillings 3 billion to traders down Kampala on Friday and promised them more money and goodies. 

The donations are likely to increase once the details of smaller SACCOs are fine-tuned and submitted to the president's office for consideration. He literally promised to solve problems raised by the traders.  

This was Museveni's first visits to Kampala down traders since the commencement of elective politics in 1996, almost 12 years after he assumed power. Museveni bluntly told traders that they abandoned him and he abandoned them in return. 

Who got what? 

Museveni visited six groups in a tour that started at midday and closed at 7:00PM. At Nakasero market where Museveni addressed the first rally, he donated Shilling 100 million to the trader's main SACCO and promised Shillings 10 million for each small SACCO. 

This reporter was told that there are over 20 smaller SACCOs meaning that the president will hand out more donations in excess of Shilling 200 million. From Nakasero, Museveni proceeded to Old Tax Park where he announced a donation of Shillings 500 million to the taxi operator's main SACCO. He also promised to donate Shilling 10 million for each small SACCO. 

There are over 30 small SACCOs, an indication that Museveni will give out extra Shillings 300 million to Old Taxi Park based SACCOs. 

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The president's third stopover was Owino Market where he also donated Shillings 500 million to the main market SACCO and promised Shillings 10 million to each small SACCO. The president was told that there are precisely 97 small SACCOs, which will fetch Shillings 970 million extra cash.

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Cue out:…million kumi kumi."//

In Owino, the president promised to pay a Shillings 4.5 billion debt that traders owe DFCU bank. Government, he further promised will help traders to develop the market. 

Museveni then headed to Qualicel Bus terminal where he met groups of traders from various arcades. He launched Kampala Acarders Advocacy Forum (KAAFO) SACCO and blessed it with a donation of Shillings 100 million. 

Museveni further promised to fund 10 women from Kampala Women Traders Development Association (KAWODTA) who requested for financial support as they plan to go for a study trip in Turkey. 

Museveni's penultimate mini rally was at the market of disabled traders situated on the edge of New Taxi Park. Disabled traders under Kampala Association of Disabled Traders Company Limited are consumed are locked up in a land row. He didn't make any donation here. 

Kiseka market, the famed opposition arena that has for many years been seen a fermentation ground for opposition protests in Kampala was where Museveni held his last rally. Throngs of people parked on aisles of Nakivubo Road and cheered Museveni as he entered Kiseka. 

Museveni equally donated Shillings 250 million to each of the SACCOs belonging to the two rival groups in the market. As at the preceding mini rallies, he promised Shillings 5 million to each of the small SACCOs in the area. He was told that that there are over 40 small SACCOs in Kiseka.

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Kampala politics

Museveni told traders that they decided to go with opposition politicians first; Nasser Ntege Sebaggala, then John Ssebaana Kizito and now Erias Lukwago. Museveni used various proverbs to explain Kampala's politica dilemma. For instance, Museveni referred to a runyankore proverb at various rallies that goes; "amazi kugagira ngu otanyoga, oti nanye naba ntine nziro." This is loosely translated to mean that "when water rejects you, you in return say you had no dirt that warranted a shower."

To pronounce his return, Museveni referred to another runyankore proverb which says; "ekyitita muhima tikyimaraho ente ze." This literally means that "what can't kills a cattle herder, can never kill all his cows." Museveni said he had finally come to see people who have been politically rebellious for a long time. 

Museveni said traders should pardon him for abandoning them, but hastened to argue that they should also ask to be pardoned since they were the first to abandon him when Uganda opened the curtains for elective politics in 1996. 

//Cue in: "kati mwe abe Kampala…

Cue in:…abasoka okungoba."//

Markets 

Museveni chided traders for electing "useless" politicians who later came to haunt them by selling markets to private investors and city tycoons. Museveni told traders at Nakasero Market that politicians who they elected sold markets and never shared proceeds with them. 

Since 2011, when Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) replaced the defunct Kampala City Council (KCC), traders have been laboring to regain control of markets and market land. From Nakesero market to Owino, Old Tax Park, traders are entangled in deep seated conflicts over ownership, eviction threats and struggles to acquire land titles among others. Almost, all these markets are saddled in litigations. 

Explaining the philosophy of markets, Museveni likened them to nurseries, where traders start horning their business skills. And when they feel, they have graduated from informal trading; Museveni argued traders leave market stalls to other people who want to join. He reiterated several times selling these markets, was a big mistake.

//Cue in: "kati omukujema kwame…

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