Wakaliga Market Fire a Result of Foul Play - Police

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A fire that ravaged Wakaliga Veterans' Market in Rubaga last night was possible the result of foul play. The fire at the market along the Masaka-Kampala road started at about 11:30pm on New Year's Eve. A three-year-old girl was injured in the fire and was rushed to Rubaga Hospital. Moses Owoyesigire, the officer in charge of Wakaliga Police Post, says preliminary investigations indicate that the fire may have been the work of arsonists involved in wrangles with traders at the veterans' market. He says that during a meeting with the traders a day before he was informed of several bitter wrangles over the allocation of market space in Wakaliga and the possibility of repercussions. //Cue in: iI was told #i Cue out: i# as I talk.i// Joseph Tomusange, a shop owner in Wakaliga Veterans' Market, admitts that there are feuds between former soldiers in the market and civilians trading there. He says some of the feuds date back to 2000. Ahmed Kiweewa, chairperson of Mustard Seed Veterans Association, who was at the market this morning, refused to comment on the claims of wrangling in the market. He was focused on the large number of businesses destroyed. Ibrahim Ddamulira a resident of Wakaliga, says he was one of the first people to arrive on the scene. He says the people most affected by the fire were the traders from upcountry who sleep in their stalls after work. //Cue in: iWe had just #i Cue out: i# sleep here.i// The fire brigade battled with the flames at the market until the early hours of the morning. Property worth millions was destroyed and traders who were woken up in the middle of the night with the bad news, are milling around the market taking stock of the damage.

 

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