Two Kabale Municipal Staff Under Probe For Alleged Extortion

Two Kabale Municipal Council staff are under probe for allegedly receiving bribes from vendors during the allocation of lockups in Kabale Central Market. They are Andrew Beija, Municipality Health Inspector, and Annet Mbabazi, Municipality Senior Revenue Officer. 

The relocation of vendors from Kabale Police Barracks playground temporary market to the new market left a section of vendors protesting the allocation, citing irregularities. A section of vendors accused the allocation committee of demanding bribes of 2-5 Million Shillings.

Vendors also accused the committee of giving lockups to new unknown vendors and denying some of those who were operating from the old market.

Sentaro Emmanuel Byamugisha, the Kabale Municipality Mayor says that the probe against Mbabazi and Beija was launched after authorities received various complaints from vendors alleging that the two received bribes during the allocation exercise process.

Sentaro also says that municipal authorities have given access to the market CCTV cameras to police for investigations.

In 2019, Chong Chong International Construction (CICO), a Chinese Company was contracted to upgrade the 23 billion Shillings modern market under the World Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP III.

It was handed over to the government in December.

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