Masaka Municipality Closes Two Arcades

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Gakyalo says the affected buildings have been operating without substantive lavatory facilities and a proper waste management system, which he says endangers the lives of its occupants.

More than 100 traders in Masaka town are stranded following the decision by the Masaka Municipal Council to close two arcades citing poor hygiene. The affected buildings are the former Agakhan and Bata houses, which are found on plot 5 and 7 along Elgin Street in Masaka town.
 
Both buildings belong to John Baptist Walugembe, a prominent businessman in Masaka town. The affected buildings have been host to Tabula Byansi and Silverton Restaurants, boutiques, two supermarkets and saloons phone shops amongst others. A team of officials led by Emmanuel Gakyalo, the Katwe-Butego division town clerk and Henry Ddungu, the Masaka municipal council health inspector closed the buildings on Wednesday following an inspection exercise.
 
Gakyalo says the affected buildings have been operating without substantive lavatory facilities and a proper waste management system, which he says endangers the lives of its occupants. He says most of the traders operating on the buildings have been dumping their waste on the streets. He says they have instructed the landlord to keep the premises closed until the all the missing facilities are fixed.
 
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Gakyalo says they have heard accusations from some public officials blaming them for maintaining a filthy town but says this time they are committed to apply all tools at their disposal to ensure that Masaka regains its past glory.
 
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Henry Ddungu, the Masaka municipal council health inspector says they decided to close the buildings after issuing several warning letters to the landlords and their tenants to comply with the set standards but nothing was done. Ddungu has threatened to arrest any tenants who will dare open his/her business before the necessary facilities are put in place.

He also warned the proprietors of Bbuddu Plaza, Ssese Corner and Kasujja arcade, which he says have few toilets compared to the number of tenants to act before the law arm of the law catches up with them. John Baptist Walugembe, the proprietorthe former Agakhan and Bata houses is pleading for more time saying he entrusted the premises with a manager who failed to fix the toilets facilities. Walugembe says he needs time to find the money to construct new toilet facilities.
 
 Backer Mugerwa, a mobile phone technician who have been operating on one of the buildings has condemned the decision by the municipality to close the premises saying it will subject them to losses. He claims that they have been depending on public toilets adding that instead of harassing them, the municipality should on focus collecting garbage and patching potholes that are rampant in the town.