The popular Kabagarame pork market in Bushenyi District could soon be no more after Mbarara High Court ordered that the land on which it sits be auctioned.
Mbarara High Court Deputy Registrar Amos Kwizera, in a ruling issued on Friday, directed Best Associated Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs to sell the land on which the pork market, and a residential house of Ishaka-Bushenyi Municipality Town Clerk, among other properties, within 30 days to recover Shs187m million the local government owes one Manfred Muhumuza and others.
Mr Muhumuza and others had earlier defeated the municipality in the chief magistrate’s court, high court, and court of appeal over ownership of park land.
When contacted, the town clerk, Mr Didas Muhanguzi, acknowledged the court order and said the municipal authorities are trying their best to clear the money.
He added that the municipal council recommended they should pay off Mr Muhumuza and his colleagues but are yet to find the money.
The impending sale of the market land is bad news to over 2000 people who turn up every week at the establishment to just eat pork and catch up.
The market only opens on Saturday. Kabagarame is located about 350 kilometres south west of Kampala in Kayojo cell, Ruharo ward, Central Division, Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality in Bushenyi District.