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Rwahi-Rwentobo Town Council Traders Protest Demolition of Stalls

Livingstone Atukwatse, the acting chairperson for onion Traders says the town council chairperson and his council ordered the demolition of the stalls without prior notice.

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Traders in the Rwahi-Rwentobo Town council in Ntungamo District have accused chairperson Edson Turyasingura of demolishing their stalls.

The more than 50 stalls were constructed in 2020 under the directives of the former Chairperson Nicholas Asiimwe Mwamba and his council. The traders who deal in onions and Matooke, were on Friday shocked to find the stalls demolished.

Livingstone Atukwatse, the acting chairperson for onion Traders says the town council chairperson and his council ordered the demolition of the stalls without prior notice. Atukwatse says every trader paid 30,000 Shillings to the council for space to construct a stall.

//Cue in; “nyowe nka chairman…

Cue out…bakugitukurira aha mutwe.”//

Diana Kanyesigye, says that following the demolition, she has no place where to sell her items from. Kanyesigye also says that she invested a lot of money in constructing the stalls to protect her items goods from dust and rain.

//Cue in; “nyowe ekizibu kimbugaine...

Cue out…buriomwe ayeyihireho omudara.”//

Sylvia Nalongo, another trader says that the destruction comes at a time when they were struggling to sell their food items due to the covid-19 lockdown.

//Cue in; “itwe emidara yeitu…

Cue out…sente turyaho tshobirwe.”//

Edson Turyasingura, Rwahi-Rwentobo Town council Chairperson defended the demolition.

He said that the traders have not been paying taxes to the town council. He says that they don’t have a list of the traders operating from the stalls.

//Cue in; “emidara egyo tihaine…

Cue out…bayo abagyehireho omukwikiriza.”//

Rwahi-Rwentobo was elevated to a Town council status in July 2017 from Kayonza Sub County.  

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