Environmentalists Enraged As Traders Relocate to Mbarara Independence Park

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Construction of Kiosks and stalls for the USD 7 million 25 billion Shillings project is already underway. Meanwhile, traders are also expected to move into the Mbarara Independence by July 1, 2017.

Environmentalists in Mbarara municipality are enraged by a planned move relocate traders from Mbarara central market to the independence park. The plan is to pave way for the construction of a new multipurpose market structure in the municipality.

The market is listed for construction under the second phase of the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program - MATIP II, funded by the African Development Bank.

It is envisaged to have a total of 1,652 kiosks, lockups, saloons, warehousing and wholesale facilities, restaurants, and stalls with lockers for food stuffs, groceries, clothes and shoes. It will also have a special section for fish and meat, cold storage rooms and fish dressing rooms.

The new structure will also have Banks, a day care centre, fire hydrant points, mini-storage facilities, and a public parking/loading area.

Construction of Kiosks and stalls for the USD 7 million (25 billion Shillings) project is already underway. Meanwhile, traders are also expected to move into the Mbarara Independence by July 1, 2017.

The decision has however displeased ecologists who say that the move is dangerous for nature. To date, the independence park has been a popular destination for people who want relax, attracted by the cool and green environment.

Environmentalists argue that the independence park needs to be preserved as the main green space in the area.

Simon Byamukama, an environmentalist and team leader at Let Us Save Uganda told our reporter that the decision to relocate the market is unfair. He says that the park is the only open space with a breath of cool and fresh air in Mbarara.

Matthias Kukundakwe, another environment activist in Mbarara fears that the market will destroy the beauty of the park and prompt its destruction.

Mbarara Municipality Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi told our reporter that the municipality is allocating just a small portion of the park to carter for the people who have been flocking the area to relax.
Kakyebezi further reveals that the market will be in the area for only the time when the market is being constructed and plans to embark on beautification of the a independence park will be re-ignited once the traders go back to the new market.
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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.