Residents, politicians, and well-wishers in Bushenyi district have staged a demonstration against the sale of the popular pork market dubbed Kabagarame.
Last Friday, Mbarara court registrar Amos Kwizera ruled that the land that houses the pork market be auctioned in 30 days in order to recover Shs187m the local government owes to a one proprietor Manfred Muhumuza and others from a lost court case.
On Thursday, concerned residents gathered at the Kabagarame pork joint to start protest march against the sale of the popular hangout. The protest began at 10: 00 am to midday from Kabagarame market through Kyeitembe and liberation road to the municipal council offices.
Ishaka Municipality legislator Gordon Arinda was the chief protestor, leading a legion of well-wishers who carried placards written on Save Kabagarame.
The protestors argued that the sale of the pork market would affect the livelihoods of several people both directly and indirectly.
Over 2000 people on the minimum turn up at Kabagarame every week to just eat pork and catch up. The market only opens during the week only if there are special occasions like Valentine ’s Day or festive holidays.
According to the New Vision, the Kabagarame market began 23 years ago in 1995, selling goat’s meat. It was started by two gentlemen, one John Barugahare, the current councilor of Ruharo ward and Nshemereirwe Paulino who were popular butchers in the area then.
They were later joined by a one Mujuni, who moved from Ishaka town to join the two. They had no plan of growing the market to where it is now but only sell goat’s meat to the locals around Ruharo ward. They built only one hut just next to the now-defunct Ruharo nursery school but overtime, over 70 huts have been raised in this same area which was once occupied by the school.
The pig business was becoming big around Ishaka in the late 90s when their friend Mujuni had passed on, so they thought to themselves what if we do pork instead of goat? It instantly became a hit with the locals.