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BUSINESS RESUMES IN KASESE AMIDST FEAR AND GRIEF

Kasese - It can never be the same for hundreds of families in Kasese, this new year after the bloody skirmishes that left hundreds family heads dead, while others were thrown into the dock. Amidst all fear, tension and grief, life is getting back to normal in the far western boarder district dominated by indigenous Bakonzo and Bamba Communities.

The indigenous communities are set to celebrate the New Year, with many families missing their parents either through death or imprisonment following a bitter crash between the guards of Omusinga wa Rwenzururu Charles Wesley Mumbere and the Government forces together with the Police.

The bloody crash resulted into the death of over 150 people, mostly men who had families. The crashes took place between 26th-- 29th November when the royal palace was also set ablaze. Ambiance

This situation created an amount of fear, and tension in Kasese, that also threatened life and business. Exactly one month after the skirmishes, life is getting better, with business resuming, transport becoming easier again despite the routine patrols done by the UPDF and Police.

The head of Operations in Police Asuman Mugyenyi says the situation is now okay, security has been restored and life gets back to its heel. Byte-Asuman Mugyenyi

Our reporter took a security guided tour through Kasese town, visiting the business centres such as markets and the major business streets in Kasese town. Ambiance

Rouben Kule, a hotelier in Kasese says the insecurity that was caused in the region was a big setback to tourism especially in the festive season. Byte-Kule

The Chairman, Kasese Traders’ and Vendors’ Association Wilson Wahimba the situation has been restored and Kasese is now secure, with business resuming normally.

Wahimba calls on security agencies to increase the number of patrols in Kasese town and the suburbs to eliminate crime and ensure harmony. Byte-Wahimba

The Vice Chairman Kasese Central Division Wilson Mbago says the crashes affected trade in the area, causing a major drop in revenue collection. All the markets, shops and any other major business ventures were closed down during the crashes.

The most affected were those trading in perishable goods like food items, fruits, meat among others. The major market areas in Kasese include Shauliyako, Kasindi, Kigoro and Kilembe which were all closed.