Al-Hajj Isah Afeku Kato, the Arua Municipal Mayor has bitterly clashed withÂ Jackson Atima, the Chairman Uganda National Chamber of Commerce andÂ Industry â€“ Arua over a trade show.
It all started when Atima and his Executive members bided to host thisÂ yearâ€™s trade show at Arua Hill Primary school ground in Arua Hill Division,Â Arua Municipality fromÂ December 8-26, 2017.
After fulfilling all the necessary requirements to Arua Municipal Council, the Chamber members were later, shocked to hear that Arua Municipal
officials decided to permit another client to host a similar event at AruaÂ primary school play ground in River Oli Division during the same period.
It was on this ground that the tradersâ€™ union bosses petitioned variousÂ offices including the Arua district security committee for the cancellationÂ of the second trade show arguing that it will affect their business sinceÂ in the history of Arua, there has been no parallel trade shows organized atÂ the same time.
As a result, policeÂ on TuesdayÂ swung in action to order the organizers ofÂ the trade show at Arua Primary school grounds to vacate the area to avoid
possible cases of insecurity.
However, in the company of JosephÂ MondayÂ Bagonza, the Arua Municipal DeputyÂ Town Clerk and Rajab Kamil, the Arua Municipal Chief Finance Officer, Kato,Â on the fateful day, stormed Arua CPS to bash police for their action.
Kato alleged that William Edidu, the OC Arua CPS was biased to work withÂ Atima to stop the other trade show yet it was legally permitted by the Town
Clerk, who maintained silence at the time of the outburst.
â€œYou police are biased. How can you go and stop something which is legallyÂ cleared by Town Clerk yet the other day, we gave you fuel to go and restoreÂ calm at the taxi park and you failed to go,â€� Kato fumed.
Kato alleged that Atima compromised police and the entire district securityÂ committee including the regional intelligence security officer (RISO) West
Nile to sabotage Council operations by stopping the trade show at AruaÂ primary school grounds.
Kato vowed to incite locals to storm Arua CPS in protest of police decisionÂ to stop the contested trade show.
But Edidu simply denied Katoâ€™s allegations ongrounds that as police, theyÂ just came in to maintain peace and order.
When contacted over the matter, Atima accused Kato of being ignorant ofÂ council business operations, adding that the Town Clerk (Monday) said it was Kato who instructed him to approve the second trade show and referred him (Atima) to Kato for intervention.
Earlier on, Jobel Ayiko, the Arua Municipal Commercial Officer said theÂ Arua primary school trade show was approved without his consultation.
According to Ayiko, it was not in order to allow two trade shows to takeÂ place at the same time in the same Municipal Council arguing that such an
act affects the flow of business.
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