Mbarara Municipal council, Kakiika Division Split Over Proposed Relocation of Koranorya Market

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The proposed relocation of Koranorya market to Kenkombe has not gone down well with Kakiika division leadership led by its interim chairperson Benon Mugume.

The proposed relocation of Koranorya market has split Mbarara municipal council and Kakiika division. Koranorya market is located about four miles from Mbarara town along the Mbarara-Masaka highway. The market was started in 1972 and currently more than 2000 vendors. Last month, Mbarara municipal council resolved to relocate vendors from Koranorya market to Kenkombe where Government owns land.

Wilson Tumwine, the Mayor Mbarara municipality says they have already acquired land at Kenkombe to host the market. He says they resolved to relocate the market after receiving an eviction notice from the children of the late Sulah Mulebera to vacate the land hosting it because they want to redevelop it.
Tumwine says that there is no way council can go ahead to develop a market, which is sitting on private land.

Vernacular byte:

//Cue in: "mistake yakoranorya…..
Cue out…itaka erya Government."//

The proposed relocation of Koranorya market to Kenkombe has not gone down well with Kakiika division leadership led by its interim chairperson Benon Mugume. He accuses Tumwine and his council of conniving with children of the late Mulebera to reclaim the land hosting the market yet it belongs to Kakiika division.


Mugume says they will not allow Mbarara municipal council to disorganize them by shifting Koranorya market, which is the biggest source of local revenue for the division.

Vernacular byte:


//Cue in: "ahahaho ntuhareba…..
Cue out:…….nakariya kabekakabiri."//

Majority of traders at Koranorya market are also against council's decision to relocate them to Kenkombe village. Kenneth Muhwezi, the chairperson Koranorya market traders says they are not ready to relocate any where since they are the founder of the market.

Muhwezi says they worked hard to develop the market by setting up modern lockups and shops, which they are not ready to lose.

Vernacular byte:


//Cue in: "mbwenu nututangara…..
Cue out:…….izoba narimwe."//

On Sunday last week, the Mbarara municipal council officials led by Tumwine and Baryantuma exchanged bitter words with traders and Kakiika division leaders at a meeting held at Koranorya market.