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Traders invested in the construction of the lock ups with the hope of reaping big after the demolition of Kabale central market in Central division in August 2019 to pave way for the construction of a modern market under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program - MATIP III.
13 Jan 2020 07:46
Some of the Lock ups that have failed to attract occupants (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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Hundreds of Lockups in Mwanjari cemetery in Southern Division in Kabale Municipality are vacant because of the failure of traders to occupy them. The lockups, which are found along Kabale-Katuna road, were built by the business community in partnership with Kabale Municipal Council more than six months ago.    

Traders invested in the construction of the lock ups with the hope of reaping big after the demolition of Kabale central market in Central division in August 2019 to pave way for the construction of a modern market under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program - MATIP III.

However, the lockups have remained vacant dashing the hopes of those who invested money in them. Some of those who invested in the lockups are regretting investing their money while others have already put them on sale.

Edison Tumukwasiibwe, one of the proprietors of the lockup at Mwanjari cemetery, says that he had erected three lockups worth Shillings 13 million with high expectations of renting them to make some money. Tumukwasiibwe however says that his hopes of reaping profits from renting the lockups have started fading due to lack of tenants. 

He says despite posting adverts on the doors of the lockups inviting tenants nobody has shown up. Moses Abaho, another lock up owner, says his hopes of renting his lockup at Shillings 150,000 monthly hit a snag because he hasn’t received any tenant.    

Abaho says that many would be tenants say Mwanjari cemetery isn’t strategic in terms of business. Odeth Muheki, another lockup owner says that she has resolved to sell her lock up due to lack of tenants to rent it but hasn’t received any buyers.      

Muheki says some people say they would have occupied the lockups but fear attacks from the ghosts of the people buried there. Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, Mayor Kabale Municipality has advised the lockup owners to be patient, saying tenants will come.          

He says the municipal authorities are planning to relocate the Bus and Taxi Park as well as motor vehicle mechanics to Mwanjari Cemetery parking yard, which will boost business.

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