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Traders Demand Reopening of Mwanjari Market in Kabale

. Teddy Tabaro, the association Chairperson and Evalist Tugeineyo alias Sam Kataseera, a trader say that failure by municipality authorities to re-open their market yet others in Central division were cleared to operate is un fair.
16 Jun 2020 18:58
Some of the Protestors at Kabale district headquarters

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Over 100 traders operating from Mwanjari market in Southern division, Kabale municipality today afternoon demonstrated demanding for the reopening of the market.

Traders under their Umbrella “Mwanjari Market Vendors Association” argue that their market has been closed for the last three months and their efforts to engage municipality authorities for business to resume have hit a dead rock.

They accuse the municipality authorities for clearing Garage Street commonly known as Owino market and Kabale Police playground market to continue operating, but keep Mwanjari market closed. Traders during a peaceful demonstration marched from Mwanjari through Kabale town and stormed Kabale district headquarters.

Teddy Tabaro, the association Chairperson and Evalist Tugeineyo alias Sam Kataseera, a trader say that failure by municipality authorities to re-open their market and yet others are open is very un-fair. They say that Manjari market has lockups and a fence which prevents overcrowding to prevent spreading of COVID-19. They accuse Southern division and Municipality authorities for deliberately declining to listen to their repeated appeals of reopening the market.

//Cue in: “our market has been…

Cue out: …us work.”//

Rukiga//Cue in: “bakatukyinga twamara emyezi…

Cue out: …kukora nkabandi.”//

John Bosco Akankwasa and Alice Ndihohabwe other concerned traders say they were not happy after municipality law enforcement officers on Monday demolished the temporary stalls they had erected along Kabale-Katuna road to resume business in order to survive.

They say that clearing Garage Street market and Kabale Police playground market to continue operating and keeping Mwanjari closed is an indication of corruption. They add that all traders should be treated equally because they have similar targets.

//Cue in: “nanye ndi omwe…

Cue out:…nka corruption.”//

Darius Nandinda, Kabale Resident District Commissioner calmed them down and promised to look into their issues by engaging with municipality authorities before the end of this week.

Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, Kabale Municipality Mayor says that Mwanjari market is still closed because it's traders mostly sale second-hand clothes than Garage Street market and Kabale Police Playground market that sale foodstuffs. He adds that their demand for re-opening the market will be discussed in line with COVID-19-19 preventive guidelines.

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