Traders Oppose Demolition of Lockups in Bugongi Market

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They argue that the proposal to demolish the lockups is aimed at displacing them and rendering them jobless.

 Vendors in Kabale municipality are opposed to the proposal by the authorities to demolish lockups in Bugongi market. Business has been slowing down in Bugongi market following the establishment of Kabale Central and Mwanjari markets. It is the oldest market in the municipality. Recently, Kabale municipality proposed to demolish lockups in the market drawing angry protests from traders. They argue that the proposal to demolish the lockups is aimed at displacing them and rendering them jobless. Isaiah Tumwekwase, a trader at Bugongi market says that the authorities are making a big mistake by rush to demolish lockups at the market. He says demolishing the market would deny several residents access to goods.

Bugongi market serves residents of Northern Division, Bubaare and Nyamweru sub counties. Faith Tukundane, another trader asks the authorities to put the plight of residents into consideration before taking any action. She faults the authorities for failing to improve Bugongi market to make it vibrant instead of demolishing it. Tukundane says that toilets at the market have blocked for more than one year.
Steven Otunga, the assistant town clerk in charge of Northern division says they have no plans to demolish the market as it is being claimed by the traders. Otunga explains that they only want to raze down some lockups that were poorly built by politicians in the middle of the market.

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He says that they plan to hold consultative meetings with the traders and lock up owners to come up with resolutions that are acceptable to all parties.
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Augustine Bujara, the town clerk Kabale municipality accuses some politicians of misleading the traders that the municipality wants to close the market. He says that the demolition of the lockups is aimed at improving the status of the market.


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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.

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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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