KAMPALA – The speaker of Parliament Rebbeca Kadaga has directed the Attorney general and the ministry of finance to quickly study the matters relating to the sale of Kabagarame pork Market in Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality.
Her directive came following the submission made by the area MP Gordon Arinda Cowboy on the floor parliament in regard to the matter.
Arinda during the plenary on August 27, he told the house that over 1500 women are in a panic to be evicted from that market following the advert that was put in newspapers by Best Associated Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs on the directive of Mbarara high court registrar Amos Kwizera.
It directs the bailiffs that within 30 days sell the land on which the pork market sits as well as other properties belonging to Ishaka-Bushenyi Municipality so as to pay a UGX187m debt to Mafred Muhumuza.
“Madam speaker I stand on a matter of national importance relating to sale and attachment of properties of Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality and this is arising from the court case that the municipal council lost over the taxi park land. Now on August 23rd an advert run in newspapers to attach staff houses and properties including Kabagarame pork market” submitted Arinda.
He added that before parliament, he had met with a big number of affected women over 1500 who operate in the market in conflict.
“These sell their products every Saturday, actually that market is being controlled majorly by women and asked me to make sure I present this matter to before you, so over 1000 families derive their livelihood from that market.”
He noted that a lot of money in terms of revenue is raised weekly from this market.
He prayed that the Attorney General help Bushenyi Municipal Council reach an amicable settlement with the plaintiff and the ministry of finance and local government to bail out to ensure the market stays.
Speaker Kadaga who later looked at the documents and the advert, she ruled, “I have looked at the advert, I just want to remind the bailiffs that they cannot just execute before the end of 30 days, so within those 30 days am directing the Attorney General and ministry of finance to study this and help the people of Ishaka and save the women who have nowhere to work from.” Kadaga directed.