Hoima Grasshopper Dealers Defy Omukama, Return To Town Centre

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Grasshopper dealers are back in Hoima town centre a year after police chased them away. Last year police pushed the grasshopper dealers out of their main operational sites in Kiryatete saying the Omukama, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, had complained.

Grasshopper dealers are back in Hoima town centre a year after police chased them away.
 
Last year police pushed the grasshopper dealers out of their main operational sites in Kiryatete saying the Omukama, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, had complained.
 
According to police then, the Omukama had telephoned the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura, complaining that the bright lights used to catch grasshoppers were affecting his sleep at Karuzika Palace.
 
Kayihura then directed the police in Hoima to throw the dealers out of town. Several of them were arrested and their facilities confiscated.
 
The main grasshopper catching sites in Kiryatete are less than a kilometre away from the Omukama’s palace, located in Bujwahya in Hoima Municipality.
 
The grasshopper dealers have since been operating from Kibingo trading centre in Busiisi Division. It was not until this week that the group returned to Kiryatete. Asked on how they made their way back on Thursday evening, the grasshopper dealers declined to talk to journalists.
 
In a telephone interview from Masindi, Lydia Tumushabe, the Midwestern regional police Spokesperson, said last time police acted following complaints from the king. Tumushabe says this time round, no one has complained and police has no basis to chase the dealers away.
 
However, Raphael Eribankya, the Kingdom Minister for Works, Housing, and Skills Development says the king is still complaining up to now. He says the Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister Blasio Mugasa has written to the Kahoora Division authorities asking them to send away the grasshopper dealers.
 
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The URN reporter in the area was not availed a copy of this complaint by the Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister. Fredrick Alibankooha, the Kahoora Division chairman, meanwhile says he has not received the kingdom letter.