Margaret Nambwere, the Proprietor Tendo Restaurant in Luweero Taxi Park told URN on Thursday that he had only sold breakfast to five people by 11am unlike the past where he could have attended to over 50 people. Nambwere says that many drivers have stayed away from the park leaving them without customers.
Several traders and proprietors of restaurant in
Luweero Taxi Park are crying foul following the ban on public transport. On
Wednesday, President, Yoweri Museveni announced a 14-day travel ban on public
transport to curtail the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the
On Thursday, taxi operators in
Luweero grounded their taxis since there were no passengers in parks. The
grounding of the taxis has affected businesses that have been dependent on
vending merchandise and food to drivers and passengers.
affected are restaurants, refreshment points and general merchandise shops
among others. Margaret Nambwere, the Proprietor Tendo Restaurant in Luweero
Taxi Park told URN on Thursday that he had only sold breakfast to five people by
11am unlike the past where he could have attended to over 50 people. Nambwere
says that many drivers have stayed away from the park leaving them without customers.
Nambwere is worried that she could accumulate
interest on the loan she obtained from a local SACCO and asked President
Museveni to restrain financial institutions from demanding the money from them.
Nambwere has since downsized her staff from six to only two workers.
Sarah Asaba, a fruit vendor in Luweero Taxi Park, says all
the fruits worth Shillings 50,000 she had bought are likely to go to waste due
to absence of buyers. Asaba is worried how she will maintain her family without
Joseph Makumbi, the Chairperson of Luweero Taxi Park
Development Association, says several traders have decided to close their shops
and look for something to do as they observe the situation.
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Asuman Kaaya, the Secretary of Luweero Taxi Park Management
Association, says there over 200 taxi drivers and touts among others who have
been buying food in restaurants.
Kaaya says that many decided to stay
home because they had nothing to do and the few who were around decided to save
the little money on them.
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Phoebe Namulindwa, the Luweero Resident District Commissioner
acknowledged the losses incurred by traders but said the ban is intended to
prevent the spread of the virus.
She also said that as a district they
have also issued guidelines to restaurant owners asking them to embrace
takeaways to minimize numbers, which can spread the disease.