Protests as Rubaare Town Council Moves to Raze Kiosks

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The demolition was endorsed late last month as part of the initiative to clean up and restore order in the town. Kiosk owners were subsequently ordered to vacate the city centre not later than the first week of January 2017.

The business community in Rubaare Town Council, Ntungamo district is up in arms over a move by the authorities to demolish hundreds of wooden Kiosks in the area.

The demolition was endorsed late last month as part of the initiative to clean up and restore order in the town.  Kiosk owners were subsequently ordered to vacate the city centre not later than the first week of January 2017.

The decision however affects hundreds of traders occupying Rwebikoona road, Kamwokya and Market Street among other key streets within Rubaare town council. These are mainly selling charcoal, fruits and foodstuffs among others.

Affected persons are now challenging the eviction order and asking for the provision of alternative space for their businesses.  Fedelis Kyomukama, one of the Kiosk owners operating along Rwebikoona road says organizing the town should not push people into unemployment. Kyomukama has run the kiosk for more than seven years.

Boaz Baryampiika Banena, another of the affected persons says that traders need a grace period of more than one month to look for alternatives before the demolition of kiosks.

Robert Kakusyo, the representative of Kagango ward says that the decision to demolish kiosks is to ensure that all the challenges arising from the presence of kiosks are resolved. The ward hosts most of the kiosks in Rubaare Town Council.

Kakusyo says that the kiosks are located in the road reserve adding that under the new arrangement, persons willing to own kiosks will be required to use aluminum and relocate to Kamwokya off the Mbarara - Kabale road.
 
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Benson Kansiime the Rubaare town council LC III chairperson told our reporter that the decision to demolish kiosks is aimed at restoring order in the town council.
 

 

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