Jinja's Pro-NRM youth erect stalls in gazetted service lane

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Jinja's Pro-NRM youth erect stalls in gazetted service lane
The makeshift stall erected in a gazetted alley in Jinja City | Hakim Kanyere

The ongoing operations to enforce trade order in Jinja has been soiled by a group of youth claiming to be pro-NRM who have defied the City orders.

Last week, the group under their umbrella 'Baidhukulu ba Mzei Jinja City' constructed kiosks in a gazetted service lane which has irked stakeholders in Jinja. '

While addressing reporters, the group said they want to use this alley for business where City Council shall benefit through collection of revenue, instead of the place lying idle.

This after the City enforcement team brought down a number of temporary structures in the same area to enforce the new trade order of keeping the city clean.

However, in what appears to be impunity, the group hiding behind the ruling Party woke up one day and erected kiosks in a forbidden area.

This has caused mixed reactions among residents and other stakeholders who are against the illegal move.

Incensed by this move several stakeholders have petitioned Jinja City authorities to remove these temporary structures since they contravene the physical plan of the City where the area is a gazetted alley which shouldn't be tempered with.

Among the petitioners are businessmen and school administrators.

Notable among the petitioners include Hajj Saidi Ediluma, Hajj Haka Mutahi, Mr Robert Wandaka and Hajj Wadina Wefe.

Through Mugoya and Company Advocates, the group claim that they are the owners of the land adjacent the alley which has been taken over.

In their petition the group claim that they use this service lane as a road to offload construction materials of their ongoing construction projects around the area.

The petitioners also claim that the kiosks being constructed are wooden while some are metallic, which put their assets at a huge risk of fire outbreak.

The said structures also do not have toilets, which endangers the hygiene of people around, and it is against the laws of Uganda.

Other petitioners is the management of St James Senior Secondary school who claim that where the kiosks is not convenient because it will interrupt classes since some structures were erected near classroom blocks.

Mr Edward Lwanga, the Jinja City clerk on Wednesday, May 15, ordered for the removal of all the kiosks within six days.

“This is to inform whoever is concerned with the installation of kiosks in the lane that during the city security committee meeting held at the resident City Commissioner’s office," he said.

"It was unanimously resolved that all the above kiosks be removed not later than Monday, May 20.

“The purpose of this communication is to inform those concerned and remove the kiosks. Failure to comply will leave no other option, but the council will remove them without further notice,” he further said in the latter.

The contested alley is between Clive Road West - also known as Kampala Road - and Nizam Road.

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