Park Yard Market is no-go Area for Politicians - Police

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In short
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network after the arrest of Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago and other politicians, Kaheebwa said the police do not want any inconvenience caused to the business community in downtown Kampala. This followed a flopped meeting between the Park Yard Market vendors with Lukwago and city MPs Moses Kasinbante, Mubarak Munyangwa and Allan Ssewanyana over the planned eviction of the vendors.

The police have deployed heavily at Park Yard Market in downtown Kampala with a stern warning to politicians against going to the area.
 
Kampala South Regional Police Commander, Geoffrey Kaheebwa, says any politician who will interfere with developments at the busy market will be dealt with accordingly.
 
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network after the arrest of Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago and other politicians, Kaheebwa said the police do not want any inconvenience caused to the business community in downtown Kampala.
 
This followed a flopped meeting between the Park Yard Market vendors with Lukwago and city MPs Moses Kasinbante, Mubarak Munyangwa and Allan Ssewanyana over the planned eviction of the vendors.

The politicians, including city councillors, are protesting the move to evict the vendors.
 
Early this month, Kampala Minister Beti Kamya wrote to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) ordering eviction of the vendors to pave way for the Board of Trustees of Nakivubo Stadium, which claims ownership of the land on which the market stands, to develop it.
 
Heavily armed anti-riot police broke up the meeting and arrested the politicians and some vendors. They are being detained at various police stations in Kampala.
 
According to Kaheebwa, although the concerns of the vendors and politicians could be genuine, they should use other means to resolve the impasse instead of violent agitation.
 
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As he was being whisked away, Lord Mayor Lukwago loudly protested the manner in which the vendors are being handled.

Police, armed with teargas trucks, water cannons and other anti-riot gear have deployed heavily near both Park Yard and Owino markets.
 
Irate vendors as well as onlookers have taken positions away from the police monitoring goings on.
 
By the time of filing this report business had normalised in the two markets and nearby shopping arcades.
 
The Park Yard Market accommodates hundreds of traders. In recent years it has also suffered several fires that razed the makeshift market to the ground, each time rising up again.
 
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David Rupiny
In his own words, David Rupiny says, "I am literally a self-trained journalist with over 12 years of experience. Add the formative, student days then I can trace my journalism roots to 1988 when as a fresher in Ordinary Level I used to report for The Giraffe News at St Aloysius College Nyapea in northern Uganda.


In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.


I am also a media entrepreneur. I founded The West Niler newspaper and now runs Rainbow Media Corporation (Rainbow Radio 88.2 FM in Nebbi). My areas of interest are conflict and peacebuilding, business, climate change, health and children and young people, among others."