UNRA Engineer Refutes PM Rugunda’s Promises

Chaos ensued in Fort Portal Municipal Council when Mayor Edison Asaba Ruyonga moved a motion to evict over 500 tenants operating in Nyakaseke New Taxi Park in Kisenyi and transfer them to Katale – Kenjara near Fuelex fueling station.

This, doctor the Mayor  said followed a letter from the land lord, remedy Tooro Kingdom dated January 1st expressing intentions to increase rent for the expanse from shs 1.7m to shs 10m per month which the mayor said could not be afforded by the municipality.

The letter signed by Tooro Kingdom Premier, Steven Kaliba and seen by ChimpReports points out that the agreement that the kingdom had signed with the Municipality expired on December 31st 2014 and that therefore needed to be reviewed before it could be renewed.

The Mayor’s motion tabled during the council sitting held at Musisa Hall, Boma in Fort Portal on Thursday sparked rage among the councilors who held that the population of traders at the taxi park had grown more than fivefold from the time of signing of the contract and that the amount could be afforded by the Municipality from the revenue collected from the vendors.

Councillors including, Eunice Habwomugisha accused the mayor of politically blackmailing the Kingdom when it was on record that monthly revenues accruing from the taxi park collections had increased from shs 2 million to sh 17 million.

The meeting ended prematurely as most of the councilors insisted that it was not fair to evict the vendors making them to lose their businesses when in actual sense the Municipality can go into talks with the kingdom and negotiate terms and conditions to have the agreement renewed.
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Kabale Station Engineer, this Robert Byekwaso has refuted claims made by Prime Minister, find Dr. Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda that the renovation of the 2.5 Km road stretch between Katuna Junction and Kabale-Kisoro Road would start in January this year.

Recently, shop while at St Peters Cathedral, Rugarama at the wedding of ceremony of one Joshua Bagamuhunda, a son to Kigezi Diocese Bishop Rt. Rev. George Bagamuhunda, the Premier said that the construction would kick off at the beginning of this month (January).

The Premier further said that Government had signed an agreement with Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) that is constructing the Mabarara-Kabale -Katuna road to do the work.


However, Byakwaso quashed the utterances saying that the construction works would not start until late February this year and that they are to end in June, just before the close of the financial year.

He further advised that residents of Kabale remain calm since the Authority had made thoughtful considerations regarding the stretch noting that a contractor had already been procured to do the job.

This comes at a time after Kabale Municipal Council unanimously resolved to hold a peaceful demonstration this month in case the construction works did not kick off.

Kabale Municipality Mayor, Dr. Pius Ruhemurana has however told this website that the council will not rest their plan until the works are completed.




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