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EXCLUSIVE: Angry Museveni stops Minister from interfering in city markets, summons her for grilling

KAMPALA — President Museveni has summoned to State House, Kampala Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda for attempting to take over city markets against his September 2020 directives, Ugstandard.com has learnt.

Sources have intimated to Ugstandard.com that the President Museveni telephoned Minister Kabanda on the evening of Wednesday October 22 and grilled her in lengthy conversation after he was briefed by security that the Minister was against his directives.

Also summoned to State House are St. Balikuddembe Market interim chairperson Susan Kushaba, Nakasero Market chairperson and Wandegeya Market boss.

The others are Kampala City Council Authority Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka, Kampala City Commissioner Hood Hussain and KCCA technical team.

“The President is sensitive about Kampala and city markets matters and does not want to antagonise them, especially that they have just resumed work after Covid-19 ,” the source close to the matter said.

This website has obtained information that the President is increasingly concerned over the way Minister Kabanda is interested in city makerts which aren’t even under her docket.

Sources close to State House have intimated to this website that the President also directed Minister Kabanda to desist from fighting KCCA technical team.

The angry Museveni also halted the implementation of Hajjat Kabanda’s directives on city makerts that include dissolution of interim committees in Nakasero Market, St. Balikuddembe Market and Wandegeya.

The source also said the Presidential castigated Deputy RCC Hawa Namugenyi Ndege for misleading security into raiding St. Balikuddembe Market in an incident that saw several traders injured.

The President also reportedly telephoned Kampala Metropolitan Regional Police Commander and directed them to desist from being used against his directives.

Kampala Minister had last week directed security to raid three makerts including St. Balikuddembe, Nakasero and Wandegeya and overthrow interim Committees but both KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka and regional commanders defied the minister’s detectives saying they were against President Museveni’s September 2020 orders on makert.

Kampala City Minister Minsa Kabanda and KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka (PHOTO /Courtesy).

KCCA Kisaka had warned Minister Kabanda that she was on course to collide with President Yoweri Museveni over management of city makerts.

In a leaked letter dated October 18, Ms. Kisaka told Minister Kabanda that a Consultative meeting also attended by Kampala City Commissioner, Police Leadership and KCCA technical team assessed her directive dated October 15 and found it against President Museveni directives.

“The purpose of this meeting was to consider the actions to be taken having regard to the enabling laws, the directive on markets issued by H.E the President on 25th September 2020 and the need to coordinate with all key stakeholders to preserve peace and security in the markets,” Ms. Kisaka said a letter.

She added:” The purpose of this letter is to request a briefing meeting at your convenience where we shall brief you in detail.”

Speaking to this website, Kampala City Lord Mayor Mr. Elias Lukwago also a top legal guru said Kampala Minister has no authority over city markets leadership, due to the fact that such matters are part of his committee duties together with KCCA.

“Leadership that is going to follow will be decided by the traders, and we are the ones to oversee arrangements to install such leaders. We call upon the minister to withdraw from these issues, and even the RCC. These matters should be left to us and the KCCA, such that we execute our duties according to the law,” said Lord Mayor.

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