RDC Clashes with LCs Over Disco

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In short
The magistrate ordered Simba sounds to cease operations and pay a fine of 40,000 shillings.

Authorities and residents of Vvura Sub County in Arua are protesting the decision by the Resident District Commissioner to allow Simba Disco Sounds to stage discos at Simba hall in Odianyadri trading center. Early this year, Simba Disco Sounds that belongs to Ali Kasim lost a petition in the Arua chief magistrate’s court challenging a decision by Arua district council banning the staging discos in villages and places that don’t meet the minimum standards.

The magistrate ordered Simba sounds to cease operations and pay a fine of 40,000 shillings. However, on Wednesday last week, Ibrahim Abiriga, Arua RDC okayed the operations of Simba sounds. In his 17th October letter addressed to Vvura sub county LC 3 chairperson, Abiriga permits Simba disco sounds to operate freely without any interference on Fridays and Saturdays claiming that Simba hall is like any other night spot in Arua town.

He cites other joints such as Matonge, Kasablanca and Paradise. In his letter, Abiriga directs the officer in charge of Vvura Police post to maintain law and order at the night spot and ensure that no one from the local authority interferes with its operations. However, the RDC’s letter has not gone down well with area leaders. They accuse the RDC of siding with Kassim because he is his brother. Nackson Adaku, the LC 3 chairperson of Vvura Sub County insists that the disco was closed by court because of lack of sanitary facilities and promoting immorality.

He says that before the disco was closed they used to find used condoms littered along the road, which became a serious issue of concern for the residents. Sam Wadri Nyakua, the Arua LC V chairperson accuses the RDC of undermining the authority of the district council which passed the by law banning discos in villages. He explains that Simba sounds disco was affected because it was found operating without sanitary facilities and sound proof. Residents of Vvura Sub County have threatened to stage a demonstration to express their dissatisfaction over the decision by the RDC to allow Simba sounds to resume operations.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.