Fort portal mayor in wrangles with the DPC over Mpanga market issues
Fort Portal residents watched free drama on Tuesday evening when the mayor his worship Edison Asaba Ruyonga clashed with the district Police Commander Geoffrey Kahebwa over the newly constructed Mpanga market.
This followed the DPC’s Kahebwa opening of a police post at the disputed market to avert further chaos by the aggrieved vendors who had threatened to break the padlocks and force their way into the market.
However the deployment did not go well with the Mayor who had on Monday incited the traders asking them to break the padlocks and forcefully enter the market.
Drama ensued when Ruyonga accused the DPC of conniving and sidelining with a section of Mpanga Market Vendors Association led by Joseph Ahimbisibwe who had on 20th January, 2014 filled a case in the Fort Portal High court accusing Fort Portal municipal council and the mayor of breaching contract by allocating stalls at the market to ghost vendors without their consultation.
Ruyonga said he is ready to battle with the DPC and other leaders fighting him in the Mpanga market scandal.
The fuming mayor stunned the crowd when he said judges in Fort Portal and Uganda are not doing their work but keep on adjourning cases without genuine reasons. He said he would take the Mpanga market case to South Africa.
DPC Kahebwa in his response denied involvement in Mpanga market and said he deployed to save people’s lives and government property from destruction.