Mechanics, Mbarara Municipality Disagree On Ungazzeted Garages

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Francis Bemanya, the Deputy Mayor Mbarara Municipality, says the decision to organise the mechanics is not only meant for the good of the town, but it also aimed at improving their working conditions.

 There is a bitter row between Mbarara Municipal authorities and mechanics operating along the streets. All mechanics are expected to operate from Garage Street.

However, some of them have set up shop along Buremba road and other streets in the town. The authorities want the mechanics to relocated to Garage Street or close their operations.

They argue that by operating along the streets, the mechanics cause congestion and liter the town as they dispose of oils on the road and trenches. The oils form a thick sludge as they can't dissolve in water.
 
Simon Balyeimeki, the Health Inspector Mbarara Municipality, says the move is not only aimed at ensuring order but cleanliness in the town as well. According to Balyeimeki, the mechanics pour used oil in trenches that ends up in surrounding water bodies.
 
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The decision by the authorities to push the mechanics to gazetted areas, has drawn angry reactions. The mechanics say the move is aimed at pushing them out of business. Musa Matsiko, a mechanic says they opted to operate on the street because of congestion in garages.

He claims that the authorities have been targeting mechanics at Mbaguta and Buremba roads while leaving others to operate freely.  Matsiko cautioned the municipality against enforcing the directive selectively, saying it should apply to all mechanics.
 
Abdul Mugumya, another mechanic says much as they in unauthorized areas, the authorities must be considerate because they risk losing their only source of survival once evicted.

Francis Bemanya, the Deputy Mayor Mbarara Municipality, says the decision to organize the mechanics is not only meant for the good of the town, but it also aimed at improving their working conditions.

According to Bemanya, they can't allow people operate in the central business district in disregard of procedure since they are pushing for a city status.

 

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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.

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