Fire guts trading center in Rukungiri


Traders are counting losses following a fire outbreak that rocked Kampala trading center, in Nyakishenyi Sub County Rukungiri district today Friday afternoon.

According to the residents, lock ups which were destroyed belong to Nyakishenyi Catholic Parish and they have been rented by different traders.

Some of the traders who spoke to our reporter about the incident said that the fire which started at around midday consumed over 60 lock ups with goods worth over Ugx. 800M.

Mutasera Baker, a businessman at Kampala trading center, said he lost goods worth Ugx.50M because of the fire outbreak.

Tumusiime Suzan, another business operator and a victim disclosed that the entire structure where she operates business at trading center has been burnt down and she estimates to have lost over UGX. 2M calling for the government’s intervention since it’s where she has been getting money to cater for the family.

Lovence Asiimwe, another business operator and Nyakishenyi Sub County speaker narrated that the fire is suspected to have started from a charcoal stove in one of the lock ups and then spread very fast to other shops.

Nyakishenyi Sub County Chairperson LC3 Mr. Twinomujuni Wednesday revealed that they have been collecting and getting a lot of revenue from the affected trading center adding that this is a big loss to their Sub County.

Twinomujuni said that this is the third time the area has been ruined by fire, advising people of Nyakishenyi to adhere to the erection of semi-permanent structures that can’t easily be destroyed by fire.