By: Ismael Kasooha
The Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has assured traders in Kiseka market that the land that has been idle for several years will be developed at all costs.
“The president has directed me to come and resolve this impasse so that our city can develop. The city must develop with or without you and me,” said Nabbanja.
Nabbanja, who was accompanied by the Kampala Minister, Hajjat Misa Kabanda and State minister for Kampala, Kabuye Kyofatogabye, made an on-spot visit of the Kiseka contested land for fact finding.
Nabbanja says that Kampala City must develop and promised to address the concerns of the traders in the area.
The Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Nabbanja (centre) walks to inspect Kiseka Market
“We shall ensure that people are not suffocated or oppressed in the process but development must continue in the area,” says Nabbanja.
Nabbanja promised to convene a meeting comprising the developers and Kampala Capital City Authority to resolve the long standing conflict once and for all.
Hajjat Misa Kabanda the Minister for Kampala Capital asked traders to remain calm as government handles the matter.
“We appeal to you to remain calm to allow government handle your issues to their logical conclusion,” said Kabanda.
Hajjat Kabanda asked the traders to love their businesses and also report people who may come to antagonize them as they do business.
Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the State Minister for Kampala said that the NRM government with leaders such as Nabbanja is determined to serve the people.
The traders in Kiseka were excited by the visit of the Prime Minister to the area and are optimistic that their concerns shall be addressed.
Some of the traders said that they contributed money and raised sh1.95bn to get a lease from government and they did so and are now wondering what will happen.
“If government wants the land, let them refund our money with interest so that we can do other business,” said one of the traders’ leader who preferred anonymity. END