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Kabale Traders Insist on Blocking New Market Construction

Over 300 lock up owners in Kabale central market have resolved not to withdraw their complaint they lodged to the African Development Bank over their unresolved issues with Kabale Municipal Council over the construction of the 29 billion shillings Kabale central market.

The traders through their lawyer Timothy Twikirize on 4th February 2019 wrote to the Africa Development Bank, which is funding the project, protesting among others their lack of compensation.

These, through their chairperson Simon Mashemererwa vowed not to withdraw their complaint until the municipal authorities handle their concerns.

This was during a meeting at Little Ritz hotel gardens in Kabale municipality.

Mashemererwa informed the traders that during the mediation meeting convened on Tuesday in Kampala by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, 14 issues were presented by his team to the municipal authorities to be handled if they are to withdraw the court case as well as the letter to the ADB.

Among other issues during the Kampala meeting, he said, Kabale Municipality was tasked to disclose the market redevelopment, design and budget to all the stakeholders; and to give the sitting tenants 90 days’ notice before the closure of premises of Kabale central market in preparation of its redevelopment.

The municipality was also tasked to agreed that upon completion of the market, municipal authorities will not levy or charge against the current registered vendors.

Mashemererwa says unless the municipal agrees and sign this consent decree, the traders are not ready to withdraw the letter to the African Development Bank or the case now before court.

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When contacted, Kabale mayor Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha said he is to first consult all the three division councils and the municipal council before a resolution is taken on the outcome of the mediation.


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