Crime & Investigation

Traders’ Leader Fans Anti-Musisi Sentiments Over Park Yard Fire


discount geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to Issa Ssekito, the spokesperson of Kampala traders, market fires are to be blamed on the government but most especially KCCA for failing to plan well for the respective markets.

“We need roads that can allow easy access of fire brigades in case of fire outbreaks. What is the Authority doing?” queried Ssekito.

He further observed that “the Authority has to come up with market segments to give room for saving an adjacent market in case fire burns down one of the markets”.

Ssekito, therefore, stated that this “shows you the kind of leadership we have since fires break out now and then but nothing is done to address the issue”.

“I personally blame the Authority because the fire outbreaks would be inevitable if there was good planning,” he added.

However, efforts by government to dislodge the traders to give room for the development of the market have always faced stiff resitance.

Police also clarified that containing raging fire flames was almost impossible due the wooden materials used in the construction.

Ssekito’s statement could be aimed at fanning political sentiments in the city considering that KCCA has not had a good relationship with the vendors in recent months.

According to KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, several staff have been attacked and seriously injured by vendors.

Ssekito also noted that “after fire outbreaks, KCCA comes up with plans intended to prevent future fires but these plans disappear into thin air.”

According to the Muwonge, the Chairman of the traders, while fire broke out at 4:20am, the first fire brigade arrived at around 5:00am but still “had no enough water to put out the fire”.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Ibin Ssenkumbi says the Fire Briagde received an alarm at 4:16am before responding in three minutes.

“They had to send for another fire brigade but by the time it arrived, the fire had burnt down the whole market,” Muwonge explained.

Meanwhile, the police and military are still imbrued in running battles characterised by stones from vendors and teargas from security forces.

Police have, however, urged the public to be calm as they handle the situation.


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