Mbarara, Kiruhura Feud over Livestock Market

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In short
The disagreement stems from a decision by Kiruhura District leadership to establish another market near the already existing market a move that is being protested by the leadership in Mbarara.

A row has erupted between the leaders of Kiruhura and Mbarara districts over Kyenshama weekly livestock market.

The disagreement stems from a decision by Kiruhura District leadership to establish another market near the already existing market a move that is being protested by the leadership in Mbarara.

The new market will operate from a distance of less than a Kilometer and on every Friday, the same day Kyenshama market operates.

Now traders are accusing Kiruhura authorities for allegedly using the police to block residents of Kiruhura from crossing to buy or sell their livestock.

Mbarara district secretary for finance Basil Bataringaya says that his office has already received reports that the district commander Kiruhura has been blocking traders from going to Kyenshama market.

He revealed that they will not succumb to pressure from Kiruhura saying that they must protect the interests of the people.

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Deus Mugisha the LC III chairperson Kashare Sub County says that the authorities in Kiruhura are being provocative by trying to restrain traders from conducting their usual business and instead forcing them to operate in an open space without water and toilet facilities.

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Patrick Omara, the Kiruhura District Police Commander, says that that the police only moved in to ensure that there are no clashes between residents from both districts.

 
Kiruhura District LCV Chairperson Samuel Katugunda says that the authorities in Mbarara are overstepping their boundaries. He says that they should instead formally contact his office instead of confusing the public.

 

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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.