rx http://contentisbae.com/wp-admin/includes/network.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking from his home in Wakaliga Lubaga, more about where he is still subjected under house arrest, Lukwago sneered at President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government which has “totally failed to investigate issues pertaining market fires that continue their recurrent trends although concerns have been raised”.
“There are several land disputes around Nakivubo which have never been resolved,” Lukwago pointed out.
Lukwago also noted that whereas President Museveni promised to get the traders at Park Yard market a land title, the “issue was not followed”.
“Worse still, the KCCA executive director (Jennifer Musisi) wrote a letter saying that that market (Park Yard) is illegal,” he added.
Lukwago thus called upon the government to take this matter seriously so that people’s businesses are secured in the future.
According to Kawempe North MP, Latif Sebagala, it is so “unfortunate that Park Yard has been inflamed once more” following the 2009 and 2011 such occurrences on the same market.
“Someone is obviously behind these fires and the aim is to tire traders so that they can vacate the market. I think there is an urgent need to construct a new market,” Sebagala said.
Meanwhile, many have already been reported to have sustained injuries from the scuffle between security forces and the vendors in Nakivubo.
According to Catherine Ntabadde, the spokesperson Uganda Red Cross Foundation, 5 have been admitted at Mulago hospital in a critical condition, 4 suffered from shock and fainted while more 4 were seriously injured.
The city has accordingly been paralysed as parks, arcades, streets and other sports remain isolated and patrolled by security forces.