Municipal Leaders, Landlords Disagree on Painting

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The landlords are opposing the directive saying on ground that painting structures that are surrounded by dusty roads is a waste of time and resources.

A row has erupted between landlords and Mbarara Municipality authorities over a directive to have all the structures in the central business district repainted.

The landlords are opposing the directive saying on ground that painting structures that are surrounded by dusty roads is a waste of time and resources.

Cluttered and unpainted structures are a common sight in Mbarara municipality especially in the areas of Rwebikoona, Kijungu, Byafura, Katete, Kasingyengye and the central business district. But as the municipality pushes for a city status, authorities are demanding for a better appeal from the landlords.

However, Julius Naturinda, a land lord in Kijungu says that the municipal authorities should first upgrade the roads in the area to tarmac before ordering them to repaint the buildings.  He says this will save them the trouble of having to repaint in a short run.

Margaret Kasande, another landlord from Byafura believes that the decision should have been made upon consultation adding that it's only ideal for areas where order has been restored.

But Mbarara Municipal Town Clerk Johnson Baryantuma Munono says that repainting the structures is a brilliant idea which should have been initiated by the landlords themselves.
 
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Munono further revealed that the authorities will not hesitate to revoke licenses of all those who remain adamant and refuse to paint their structures.
 
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Munono adds that those using bad roads as an excuse are just trying to avoid their responsibilities.

 

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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.

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