Residents, Animals Compete for Space in Mbarara Town

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Jacqueline Twikirize says her Toyota premio vehicle was seriously dented early this month when she rammed into a stray cow along Ntare road.

Stray animals have taken over Mbarara municipality. The stray animals include goats, cows and dogs. They can be seen roaming the streets in Mbarara Central Business District while others are seen sleeping in the middle of the road.

 
Motorists have to find space to drive through the town to avoid knocking the stray animals. The failure by Mbarara municipal authorities to get rid of the stray animals has angered residents and motorists.
 
 
Jacqueline Twikirize says her Toyota premio vehicle was seriously dented early this month when she rammed into a stray cow along Ntare road. She faults the municipality for failing to act on the stray animals, which she says poses a great danger to road users.
 
 
Felix Kyoma, a resident of Boma in Kamukuzi division says in addition to interrupting the flow of traffic, the animals also destroy flowers and other vital things put in place to beautify the town.
 


He says that the presence of several stray animals makes him wonder whether the authorities are serious with their push for a city status. Mbarara municipal council has repeatedly threatened to auction impounded animals from the town.
 

Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, the Mayor Mbarara Municipality denies accusations that they have neglected the problem of stray animals, saying plans are underway to impound them.
 
                                   
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He says the stray animals are a huge challenge to their beautification campaign as they destroy the trees and flowers planted in the town.

 

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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.