Katuna traders to petition President Museveni over goods confiscated in Rwanda
Katuna business community has resolved to petition President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni seeking his quick intervention to discuss with his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame to ensure that Rwandan authorities release the confiscated properties of Ugandan traders who were doing business in Rwanda or else be compensated.
During a meeting organized by the Chairperson of Katuna Traders Association, Franco Korimako held at Mayengo playground in Katuna town council, traders resolved to engage the Katuna Town Council Mayor, Nelson Nshangabasheija, the Kabale district Chairperson, Patrick Besigye Keihwa and the Ndorwa West Member of Parliament David Bahati, to spear head and invite the President to listen to challenges faced by Traders at Katuna border.
Traders want the government of Uganda in conjunction with that of Rwanda to compensate for what they lost in Rwanda since the closure of Katuna border on February 27. They claim that properties of some traders worth millions of money were confiscated and others sold at cheaper prices hence suffering financial losses.
They also want government to subsidize on the taxes imposed on them while doing their small businesses at the border, saying that their businesses came to a standstill due to the closure of the border, hence no profits being realized and therefore unable to pay the highly imposed taxes.
Godfrey Niwagaba a concerned trader at Katuna border said that before the closure of the border, he had acquired a loan worth UGx 10 million from one of the financial institutions to do business, but he has now failed to repay the loan because his business is no more.
Alex Tumukunde another trader who lost his 10 tons of beans in Rwanda blamed the government of Uganda for being reluctant at demanding for properties of Ugandans that were confiscated in Rwanda while doing business there.
The Chairperson of Katuna Traders Association, Franco Korimako said that they seek the attention of the government to ensure that they are helped to get their properties.
In the same meeting, traders also resolved to elect an interim committee of twenty people to steer up the process of engaging the leaders to ensure that the President is quickly invited to intervene.