ZOMBO. The recent attack on the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) detach in Zombo town council has taken toll on the local population and businesses.
This after authorities issued a ban on night disco and video halls and early closure of shops by traders.
There are at least 3 makeshift disco halls that had been operating in the heart of Zombo town without sound proof, sanitary facilities and minimum security standard among other shortcomings.
Mr Joseph Ogen, the chairman Zombo town council said the ban is a preventive measure to a number of criminal activities like, assault, rape, burglary and open defecation among others.
He said most civilians especially the youths would have fallen victim when the attack took place since there was a crowd of people in a disco hall less than 200 meters from the raided detach.
Ogen said the ban was preceded by a series of harmonization meetings with the area business community and the affected people to enforce the council's directive on particular areas of social gathering like disco and video halls.
He said the operators were asked to meet some of the basic requirements to operate which included putting in place sound proof and sanitary facilities among others which non did.
"Prior to the ban, we had a series of meetings with the affected people but others have remained non-compliant and we are not going to sit down on this", he said.
Asked whether the ban will not have a direct bearing on their local revenue, Ogen said the council stopped licensing disco and video halls to show their commitment in doing away with them.
"We have other sources of revenue which strengthens our revenue base even the more", he assured.
He said the ban is in line with the 2012 district council's resolution that banned night disco operation in the district and the current resolution is just enforcement of the district council directive.
However, the ban did not auger well with the proprietors of the disco and video halls and a group of youths who described the move as unnecessary and misguided.
Mr James Omirambe, the proprietor of Montanaz vibe disco hall said the ban is a big economic blow to them since they invested a lot of money in setting them up.
"I have been getting more than shs300, 000 each weekend day and employing about 6 people but things are not the same now", he said.
Mr John Onenu, a shopkeeper said "By 8pm, there is hardly anybody in the town centre and yet we make better sales in the evenings as people relax from their work routine", he said.
Onenu implored the local authorities to look into the plight of the traders to address the emerging issues from the ban.