Mbarara Municipality, Lorry Drivers Disagree over Parking space

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The lorry drivers have for long been using the roadsides on the main road for parking but the officials now say they must relocate to Kekombe in Biharwe division which was recently annexed by the municipality.

A disagreement has erupted between Mbarara Municipal leaders and lorry drivers over absence of parking space.

The lorry drivers have for long been using the roadsides on the main road for parking but the officials now say they must vacate.
 
The authorities are proposing to have the drivers relocated to Kekombe in Biharwe division which was recently annexed by the municipality.

The new location has however been rejected by the drivers who say the space is very far from the town and does not make sense to them.

Mbarara Municipality hosts several trucks destined for the Eastern D R Congo, Rwanda and Burundi as well as to the neighbouring districts in western Uganda. The town however struggles with congestion especially on the main street with several vehicles competing for the already small space.
 
Isa Kinubi, one of the lorry drivers says that the municipal authorities should have planned where the lorries should park without being inconvenienced.

He says that the town is growing and since it is aspiring for a city status, issues such as parking space should be first priority.

Ismail Murisa, another driver says that they decided to compete for the small space along the high street because of the absence of security along other roads. He says that Kekombe is far and insecure. 

Mbarara Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi says that the municipal leaders have also realised that the proposed parking space at Kenkombe is too far from the centre of town but they lack sufficient space where the lorries can be relocated.

Kakyebezi advised the drivers to use Victor Bwana Road in the meantime as the issue is handled. He however says that the relocation to Victor Bwana road is temporary.

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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.

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