Fort Portal Tourism City Council has directed all vendors along River Mpanga to return to the market or risk forceful eviction.
According to the City Clerk, Mr. Innocent
Ahimbisibwe, they have noticed that vendors are leaving the market stalls empty
and resorting to selling their merchandise from near the river, which is
leading to heavy pollution and degradation of the major water source in the
He also says the city council is trying to develop a green belt along the river as a way of beautifying the tourism city while at the same time protecting the environment. Mr. Ahimbisibwe speaking……
The market vendors talked to, including Mr. Patrick Nyakoojo however say they will not vacate the area because the lockups and stalls inside the market were costly and that there is no space in the market to accommodate all of them. Mr. Nyakoojo speaking……
Last year, the King of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, launched the “Save River Mpanga Now” campaign that is aimed at conserving the water body. END