Mbarara Traders Hold Demo Over Missing Market Land Title

The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change leadership in the south western Kabale District are in disarray after two of its top contenders for the Kabale Municipality Mayoral post went to the National Electoral Commission and picked nomination forms.

FDC is yet to hold primaries in Kabale on two posts, web that is, price the mayoral seat where Dr Pius Ruhemurana the incumbent is facing Sentaro Byamugisha the Central Divisions LC3 boss; as well as the Kabale municipality MP seat that is between James Magabo and Godfrey Nzaana.

The voters are in confusion since the party is supposed to elect a flag bearer first, who should then proceed to the Independent Electoral Commission to be nominated.

The Incumbent, Dr Pius Ruhemurana and Byamugisha have not been at the best of terms since the former ordered the closure of the latter’s office in early October, where he was serving as the FDC Secretary General, on grounds that as an aspirant he is required by the party rules to step aside.

The two rivals on Thursday picked the nomination forms from the Kabale Independent Electoral Commission office in Kabale town.

Dr. Ruhemurana justified his move, saying that he was only fulfilling his promise to the voters that he would come back to accomplish what he wasn’t able to in the previous term.

“I have picked the forms because I know I am the people’s choice and I have a lot of work to finish,” he said.

Sentaro Byamugisha his challenger on the other hand says that Kabale needs change and new blood to move the municipality from stagnation.

Roland Kaginda Mugume  the FDC Vice Chairperson for Western Uganda, while speaking to Chimpreports revealed that the party would proceed with the primaries on Wednesday, where the voters would have the final say on the two rivals.

Vendors working in the Mbarara Makhan Singh market this morning stormed the RDC’s office at the height of their quest for the market title, page which went missing a few years ago.

Over 300 venders marched through the streets brandishing screaming posters; which interrupted business in the municipality.

These accuse the chairperson of the market association Margaret Bagerize of hiding the market title and are also opposed to her idea of demolishing the market to have it reconstructed. They claim she illegally sourced a Chinese firm for this work.

Traders wait at the RDC's Office

Traders wait at the RDC’s Office

Two Government Ministers Chris Baryomunsi and Adolf Mwesigye have tried and failed to put this confusion to rest.

The traders are now seeking State House intervention in the matter. They told reporters that Chairperson Margaret charged members of the market land lords association between Shs 3 and 5 million to join the association, healing yet she didn’t want to show accountability.

Mbarara RDC Capt. Martha Asiimwe promised to find a lasting solution to the traders' issues

Mbarara RDC Capt. Martha Asiimwe promised to find a lasting solution to the traders’ issues

The RDC Capt. Martha Asimwe while meeting with the traders later today asked them to patiently remain nonviolent and promised to call another meeting between the two parties and resolve their issues. She also asked them to keep State House out of the matter.


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