Saturday, October 19, 2019
Market Closed Over Ebola, Vendors Call For Government Intervention

The business community in Kasindi market has been closed over failure to provide temporary protecting gears to combat the deadly Ebola.

The closure comes shortly after the market management levied Shs6500 from vendors, something that did appeal to the residents.

It is alleged that Shs6500 was taxed on each shop and stall operators, which in total could see Shs4550000 raised.

According to Augustine Kahene a shop owner in Kasindi market the protecting gears would cost only Shs600000 thus accusing the management of extortion and corruption, on this background they opted to see the RDC and Mayor involved in settling the matter.

Kahene further stressed that the market has a number of 700 vendors. He further argued that the decision to have the mayor involved was to verify what the ministry of health is doing.  

Chrismas Twumwesigye a vendor says that they would be paying the money but their income is not insufficient thus asking the government to pay for them.

Wahimba B Wilson the vendors chairman in Kasindi said they wanted to have water buckets with soap on the four main gates & that’s the reason why they asked for a contribution.

He adds despite the intervention being done to fight Ebola, business community claimed that the government has the fund working on the same issue, thus no need for them to be taxed.

Meanwhile, the mayor for Kasese municipality, Godfrey Kabyanga Baluku blamed the management for having not involved the vendors in decision making. He quickly adds that the authority is going to intervene and manage the whole processes.

Tumusiime Jerad

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