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People Power pays off! Mbarara High Court withdraws order on sale of Kabagarame pork market

Bushenyi’s Kabagarame market safe after court withdraws sale order. (PHOTO/File)

MBARARA – Mbarara High Court has rescinded its earlier order calling for the auctioning of land on which Kabagarame pork market sits amid pressure from Bushenyi District residents and leaders.

In a directive dated August 29 to Mr Lauben Tayebwa of Best Associated Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs, Mbarara High Court Deputy Registrar Amos Kwizera said he was recalling the earlier directive following complaints from lawyers of Ishaka-Bushenyi Municipality.

“I wish to recaII with immediate effect the (2) own warrants issued to you in respect of the above-mentioned matter for attachment and sale, and to give vacant possession immediately,” the court directive reads in part.

“This recall has been prompted by a complaint (as attached) lodged by counsel for the defendant/ appellant which complaint shall be addressed In presence of both parties and their advocates on 2nd September 2019 at 9:00 am when the matter is scheduled for mentIon before the Deputy Registrar,” he added.

It was not immediately cleared on what transpired in the Monday court session.

However, the news will be received with excitement from area leaders and residents who have been benefiting from the market.

About 10 days ago, Mbarara High Court Deputy Registrar Amos Kwizera 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, sit 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 parkland.

Bushenyi residents protest court’s order to sell off Kabagarame (PHOTO/File)

Hundreds of Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality residents last Thursday took to the streets to demonstrate against the planned sale of the Pork Market.

Holding placards that bore words of ‘Kabagarame, Afazari Nkuroga Wakwata Ahari Kabagarame’ the residents vowed to fight to the end to save their market that has been lined up for auction in order to recover money the Municipality owes to a businessman.

Led by area MP Gordon Arinda aka Cowboy and district chairman Jaffar Bassajjabalama, the residents started the March from the market in question up to Bushenyi Ishaka Municipality headquarters where they gathered to show their concerns.

Cowboy vowed to save the market, which he said is a source of livelihood for thousands of people.

The demonstrators handed over the petition including over 2000 signatures to the area MP to take to president Museveni so that he comes and rescues their pork market.

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