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Usafi Market Leadership, Kisenyi Youths Clash Over Road Reserve

Muhammed Ssegwanyi, the spokesperson Usafi Market, says that the group wants to grab part of the market land. He says that when they approached him, he advised them to follow the laid down procedures to access it.
19 Aug 2021 09:05
Geoffrey Rwakabaale, the Kampala Central Division Town clerk

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The leadership of Usafi market is embroiled in a dispute with some individuals attempting to occupy part of the market land. 

Led by one Ssebulinde, the group claims to have been authorized by the Kampala Central Division Mayor, Salim Uhuru to occupy the empty space.

A  member of the group told URN on condition of anonymity for fear of his safety that the space they want to occupy is outside the boundaries of Usafi market.

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//Cue in: “Ffe awantu wetwogela ko 

 

Cue out:….bali bakama bange,”//  

Muhammed Ssegwanyi, the spokesperson Usafi Market, says that the group wants to grab part of the market land. He says that when they approached him, he advised them to follow the laid down procedures to access it.  

//Cue In: “Waliwo…..                                  

Cue out:….noli atebaganye,”//   

According to Ssegwanyi, the group claims that the Kampala Central Division Mayor, Salim Uhuru permitted them to occupy the land. He says that they asked them to get written authorization from the Mayor. 

He, however, notes that the group seems interested in collecting revenue in the market, which is why they don’t want to follow the laid down procedures.

//Cue in: “Omuntu azze…...      

Cue Out:….lwanirira,”//   

Uhuru referred to URN to his political assistant, Geoffrey Sserwadda when approached to comment on the issues at Usafi market. Sserwadda told URN that a group of youths from Kisenyi approached the Mayor to give them jobs at the division but there were no open vacancies. 

He says that the group asked Uhuru to allocate them space but he instead asked them to find a spot and inform him.

//Cue In: “Bye ya banyonyola..    

Cue Out:…..si wa Usafi,”//   

According to Sserwada, after establishing that the space doesn’t belong to Usafi, Uhuru asked them to set up stalls and start working from there but they were chased by the market leaders.  

//Cue in: “Abaana lwebajja..    

Cue out:….temporarily,”//  

Geoffrey Rwakabaale, the Kampala Central Division Town clerk asked the youths recently to apply for open spaces in the market. He said they can not allow the youths to operate in the road reserve.

 

//Cue in: “I have not….   

Cue Out:….kind of spaces,”//    

Hajjat Minsa Kabanda, the Minister for Kampala told URN on the phone that she had allowed the youths to temporarily operate from the space as they plan for them.

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