Protesters Seal Stadium and Lounge Moves to Mbale SS Ground :: Uganda Radionetwork

Allen Makweta, a referee who joined the protest, said they decided to stop the show from taking place in the stadium to protect the green grass.

Public pressure forced the organizers of the Eastern Trade Fair to move the fair to the grounds of Mbale Upper Secondary School. This follows the decision by a group of Mbale town residents, sports fans, referees and boxers to close the Mbale town stadium to prevent the trade fair from taking place in the ‘establishment.

Protesters stormed the facility on Wednesday and blocked exhibitors from accessing the stadium to set up their booths ahead of the show’s official opening on Friday, July 1, 2022, for fear of destroying newly planted grass on the grounds. .

Mbale Town Industrial Division authorities had leased the facility to M3k3 Trade Show Mobile Business Association and Prime Parties Uganda Limited to host the trade fair, drawing protests from residents.

Protesters argued that prior to their intention, authorities had neglected the facility by leaving the pitch bare due to the non-sporting events taking place in the stadium such as the trade fair, music concerts and nightly prayers.

Allen Makweta, a referee who joined the protest, said they decided to stop the show from taking place in the stadium to protect the green grass.

//Cue in: “Nga naboone omuntu nga….

Cue out:…RCC Washaki,”//

Mbale Town Youth Councilor Umar Muteguya has been involved in the replanting of grass in the stadium and says the facility has helped the nature talents in the town especially the children from the Namatala slums . He notes that once they allow the grass to be destroyed by the living room again, these young talents will disappear.

//Cue in: “Bagala chiteka ku green….

Cue out:…a trade show,”//

Yasin Matende, a sports journalist at Mbale City, said the stadium is expected to host FUFA drumming matches this year, adding that once they allow the show to take place there, it would take more than a year. to use the installation again.

//Cue in: “Ela e’kisawee kye Mbale….

Cue out:…ku DA,”//

Mbale City Mayor Cassim Namugali said the facility was mistakenly rented for the fair by some officials. He explained that although the trade fair is important, it cannot take place in the stadium whose grass has just been replanted.

//Cue in: “This cannot be allowed….

Cue out:….toilet ezo ne pavilion”//

Micheal Kakooza, one of the organizers of the show, said they have now decided to move the show to Mbale SS grounds. “We are at Mbale SS, we left the stadium,” he said before hanging up his phone.

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