Anger as Mbarara Municipality Moves to Demolish Dilapidated Structures

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Jackson Tukwatanise, a resident of Boma hill in Kamukuzi division says those asking for more time will do the same even after the expiry of the additional time.

The proposal by Mbarara Municipality to demolish dilapidated structures has angered residents. Most of the affected structures are found in Katete and Kijungu in Kakooba division. The others are in Byafura in Kamukuzi and Kashanyarazi in Nyamitanga division.
Residents have up to the end of this year to demolish the dilapidated structures and find partners to redevelop the empty land. Mbarara Municipality has ordered the affected residents to vacate hundreds of structures earmarked for demolition, saying they are unfit for human habitation.
However, the directive by the municipality has not gone down well with the residents who think the move is aimed at making them suffer. They claim that the decision may see hundreds of people homeless. 

Anent Kemigisha, a resident of Katete in Kakooba division says the authorities should have given the owners of the affected buildings ample time to think about their next step.

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Johnson Kwarisiima is one of those occupying dilapidated structures in Mbarara town. He says while the decision to demolish the dilapidated structures may be aimed at developing the town, it is likely to affect low income earners.

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Jackson Tukwatanise, a resident of  Boma hill in Kamukuzi division says those asking for more time will do the same even after the expiry of the additional time. According to Tukwatanise, it is time for the municipality to get rid of dilapidated structures if development is to be realized.

Tukwatanise says that the authorities should not back off on the planned move. Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, the Mayor Mbarara Municipality, says residents must accept that for development to take place some people must be inconvenienced for a short time.

According to Kakyebezi, they will not be diverted by the calls for more time from the property owner, saying they will not compromise on development.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.