Jinja West MP, Moses Grace Balyeku on Saturday August 11, 2018 gave hope to the vendors at Madhvan market whose properties were burnt in an inferno earlier in the week.
In an impromptu visit, Balyeku surprised the vendors when he pulled out shillings 15 million on top of 500 iron sheets and gave it to the vendors.
“These are the fruits of voting NRM. Your colleagues in Jinja East constituency cannot get such support from their leader because he is not NRM,” he said.
In fact the flamboyant Balyeku mentioned that, by leaving NRM’s Nathan Igeme Nabeeta and voting for FDC’s Paul Mwiru, Jinja East will benefit nothing this political term.
He urged the leadership of the vendors to put to proper use the money and the iron sheets.
Fire left more than 250 vendors counting loses Tuesday morning when it sparked off from a short circuit at around 2:00am.
It destroyed property including fridges, food stuffs, merchandise and stalls. Eye witnesses say market vendors tried to put out the fire in vain as it spread fast to most parts of the market.
It took the intervention of the police fire brigade to stop the fire from consuming the entire market.
Rescue efforts suffered a setback after the fire brigade vehicle that first arrived at the market lacked enough water.
With the aid from their legislator, the victims of the fire said they now have hope.
“Majority of us have bank loans. We have been in tears but Balyeku has consoled us. We now know, we shall soon resume work to sustain our families,” one vendor said.