Protests as Katuna Authorities Move to Evict Kiosks

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Jonas Muhirwe, a trader says the decision to evict their kiosks is another way of asking them to pack their belongings and return to the village.

Traders in Katuna town council in Kabale district are up in arms against the decision by the authorities to evict their kiosks. There are more than 130 kiosks in Katuna border town, which host shops, bars and eating joints.

Some of the kiosks are reportedly used as lodges by commercial sex workers, who target long distance truck drivers plying the Kampala-Kigali route. In December last year, Katuna town council authorities resolved to evict the kiosks in a move to decongest the area. Some of the kiosks are found on the roadsides and in front of major shops and hotels.

Mid-January this year, Katuna Town Council gave the traders 15 days' notice to remove their kiosks or else council demolishes them.  The decision is likely to throw more than 200 traders out of business. James Magara, a businessman in Katuna town, says the move wouldn't have been bad if council had given them sufficient time and allocated them an alternative area to operate from.     

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Jeninah Musimenta, another trader wants the town council to give them at least six months to relocate their business.  She accuses the town council of being inconsiderate about the life of the traders by giving them only15 days' notice to move.

Jonas Muhirwe, another trader says the decision to evict their kiosks is another way of asking them to pack their belongings and return to the village. According to Muhirwe, many of them are simple traders who can't afford paying rent for shops.

Eric Sunday, the Town Clerk says the council decision is final.  Sunday says that the kiosks are responsible for the congestion of the border town and portray a negative image of the country.

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Sunday adds that they don't have plans to allocate alternative space for the traders since the kiosks were erected illegally in the town. 


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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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