By Aine John

In Mbarara—

The long waited struggle of Mbarara Municipal council and  Mbarara central Market  Kiosk Owner Assocition over the construction  of Mbarara central market  is soon getting finished.

Mbarara municipal council  told the traders in central market that they will be evicted to independence park  to allow the government  construct the modern Art of market  which is going to be constructed  under the markets and Agriculture Infrastructure Improvement Programme (MATIP) phase two.

This development didn’t  go well with  some traders who lie under Mbarara Central Market Kiosk Owners Association who claim that they are the right owner of the market.

They traders who are being led by Night Karungi Mpirirwe who is their chairperson  say that the council obtained land  tittle of the market by false presence  and they took the matter to the court.

The court had put an injunction on the construction of the market but later  removed it.

Court allowed council  to continue with the construction but the case  continued .however, the kiosk owners  insisted that  whatever case maybe, they were not willing to  vacate the premises unless   they first  get to know who is the rightful owner of the market. However, Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi told Reporter that  he will use  a strong hand to deal with those who are sabotaging the government projects saying that they are  aiming at public benefits.

But council told the traders who were willing to vacate the market for construction  that they will occupy  the independence park by  15th/6/2017 and the construction of the modern market will commence  on 1st/7/2017.

The council is now  working tooth and nail  to complete the temporary  market such that by 1st/7/2017,  all vendors who are in central market  are relocated to the independence park.

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