By Namugerwa Martha
Uganda National Roads Authority has demolished businesses worth millions as it carried out its exercise of protecting road reserves along Entebbe road from Kibuye round about to Entebbe airport.
UNRA carried out this exercise today morning accompanied by Uganda police to ensure peace while carrying out the eviction of properties along the road.
Allan Ssempebwa, the public relations officer UNRA said that they were amazed by the response of people while carrying out the exercise as kibuye traders started demolishing their own structures before UNRA evicting them.
“Am encouraged by those vacating voluntarily out of road reserves along Entebbe road,” Ssempebwa said.
He added that they were amazed at the positive reception they received from the encroachers and the general public as they carried out the exercise.
“The exercise is intended for the safety of the encroachers and easing flow of traffic along roads,” Ssempebwa added.
[5:14 PM, 5/15/2017] Martha NAMUGERWA: FDC advises government to allow duty free importation of sugar
By Namugerwa Martha
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has advised the government to allow duty free importation of sugar in bid to reduce scarcity of sugar in the country which resulted to over pricing of the commodity.
FDC spokes person Paul Mwiru, while addressing the media at FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi said that the government’s excuse of drought that affected the country hence hindering the production of sugarcanes leading to the rise of sugar can be sorted out if the government stops sugar factories from exporting sugar.
“We call upon the government to allow duty free importation of sugar and at the same time have on sugar export for as long as the commodity shortages subsist,” Mwiru said.
He added that a kilo of sugar used to be at shs 3500 but now it costs shs 7000 which makes it had for some Ugandans or communities to buy.
This advise has come a couple of days after the minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde demanded that all sugar factories and retailers should sell sugar at a minimum of shs 5000 per kilogram.
Some parts of the country like Kamwokya, Makidye and Matugga are still selling sugar at a high price of shs 6000 to shs 7000 a kilo