Phoebe Namulindwa, the Chairperson of the task force says that the markets have been reopened today after a meeting in which the leaders committed to implementing all measures to combat the spread of the virus. These include wearing face masks, observing the recommended social distance, using sanitisers and taking extra measures to decongest the markets.
Three of the roadside markets have already been closed on the directive of the task force after they failed to implement the Standard Operating Procedures aimed at combating the spread of the virus. The affected markets are Balikyejusa, Balikyewunya and Wobulenzi roadside market.
The district had planned to collect over one billion shillings in local revenue in the financial year 2019/2020. However, the district has realized only 562 million Shillings, with just a month to end of the financial year.
The sales fell drastically from the time president Yoweri Museveni directed all non-essential businesses to close to encourage Ugandans to stay home and limit person to person contact. Although food stores and factories including grain millers remained operational in order to ensure that the people access what to eat, many of them are making losses with little or no sales.
80-year-old Justine Nakijjoba, a resident of Kakoolo zone in Luweero town explains that her daughter who was working in a restaurant in a restaurant to support her was sent back home after it was closed due to lack of customers.
Simon Ebanu, a builder at the site explains that Haidery Construction sub contracted them through engineer Richard Gidagui to construct a slab at the apartments. Each of them is expected to earn between Shillings 15,000-30000 each day.
Kasolo says that the initiative targets SACCOs formed in 18 categories Boda Boda riders, Women Enterprises, Carpenters, tailors, mechanics, performing artists and fishermen among other groups will form SACCOs to access the capital.
In 2018, the OPEC Fund for International Development extended a US$11.5 million loan to the government to co-finance the upgrading of Luwero-Butalangu Road estimated to be 29.6 kilometres. The road connects residents in Nakaseke district to Luweero and Kampala -Gulu highway.
Among the strategies to increase revenue, were deploying tax enumerators for assessment, spot monitoring and supervision of revenue collection centres, developing a computerized database/inventory on all the revenue sources and purchase of new pieces of Land for market places among others.
Sadat Kazibwe, the Manager of Kanana Associates Limited in Luweero town says that the idea of obtaining a license from UMRA is still strange since they already have a trading license issued by Luweero Town Council and another from the Magistrates Court which allows them to operate.
Moses Bukenya, a farmer in Wobulenzi town council questions why the district is still sourcing coffee seedlings from suppliers in Wakiso district yet they can produce enough. He says blocking UCDA from buying more than two million coffee seedlings will plunge them into poverty.
This is what dominated the World Savings Day, an event created to increase public awareness of the importance of savings both for individuals and modern economies. Marked annually on October 31, the day was earmarked since 1924 to promote savings and educate families, children and society on the importance of saving.