Kamwengye: LCV Chairman, Town Clerk Clash Over Closure Of Central Market

Kamwenge District LCV Chairperson, prescription Aggrey Natuhamya has halted the directive by Town Clerk, Mattew Tumushabe to close off Kamwenge central market over lack of a functional toilet facility.

In a January 23rd letter, Tumushabe had directed vendors in the central market to vacate the premises by Tuesday January 24th citing that the toilet at the facility was full to capacity and human wastes were leaking outside.

Upon receipt of the letter, Chairman Natuhamya rushed at the scene to ascertain the situation, condemning the action as improper since the vendors weren’t warned in time and ‘they sell perishable products.’

Upon learning that Natuhamya was inspecting the market, the town clerk rushed there to defend his position saying he closed the market basing Health Inspector’s report filed on October 19th, 2016.

The report, according to Tumushabe recommended that the market be closed to contain the threat posed by toilet.

Meanwhile, to provide a temporary solution Tumushabe said plans were underway to relocate the vendors to another area behind Kamwenge Taxi Park in Kamwenge town.

After hearing from the Town Clerk, Natuhamya concurred with the relocation plan saying it’s the only temporary measure the leaders can apply to save the situation although no consultations had been made with Town council leaders.

When asked whether the political leadership was aware of the relocation plan, Mwesigye Francis Apuli the Vice Chairperson LC3 Kamwenge town council said they were not involved at all.


Mwesigye’s response prompted Natuhamya to direct the Town Clerk to avoid implementing his personal resolutions but to engage the political leadership to and empty the toilet as soon as possible.

The relocation plan was also opposed by vendors saying the taxi park is not suitable for their business and asked the authorities to empty the toilet as they plan to construct another one.

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