Harriet Mudondo, the Director Gender and Community Services and Production in KCCA, says they have engaged the leadership of different markets who have since submitted lists of vendors with their numbers that customers can call and make orders.
Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has started
an initiative to promote online shopping in a bid to decongest city markets as a
preventive measure against COVID19.
The Authority is working with about 25 markets
across Kampala to deliver supplies to customers in their homes and workplaces. The markets include among others Wandegeya,
Usafi, Bugoloobi, Owino, Nakasero, Kaleerwe and Nakawa.
Harriet Mudondo, the Director Gender
and Community Services and Production in KCCA, says they have engaged the leadership
of different markets who have since submitted lists of vendors with their numbers
that customers can call and make orders.
Mudondo says this is intended to minimise the
number of people coming to markets during the current lockdown because of the
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Mudondo also encourages people to use their
normal Boda bodas, online shopping platforms like Jumia and Smart Boda services
to have supplies delivered to them so as to stock up more food to avoid
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Musa Muleme, the Chairperson Usafi Market says
they have identified and accredited about 32 Boda boda riders who will be
delivering food stuffs to their customers. He says they submitted
numbers of heads of different departments in the food section to KCCA.
For instance, they submitted the numbers of the
head of butchers, Matooke dealers, vegetables, beverages and dry foods among
others that customers can call and make orders. The heads of those sections will work with the traders to get
the supplies and use the accredited Boda boda to make deliveries at a minimum
Muleme says this initiative will help keep the
traders in business but also keep people with food supplies in their homes
especially in case the situation worsens and markets close.
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Godfrey Kakooza, the Chairperson Nakasero Market
says they have about 100 boda boda riders they have accredited to deliver items
to people's homes.
He says they have also shared contacts of the Boda Boda
people to, which customers can send money.
Kakooza says as management they will make sure
that traders and Boda bodas deliver to the expectation of their customers.
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Bizmarck Ssempijja, the chairman of Markets and Allied
Employees Union, says all markets across the country should prepare for the
worst. He says they should consider offering delivery services as KCCA is
planning with markets in Kampala.
He says it is uncertain what the future holds but in case the
markets are fully closed, people should be able to get supplies through such
deliveries. On Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni partially
closed markets allowing only sections selling food to operate.
He directed that while in the market, people
should maintain the four meter distance as a measure to control the spread of
COVID 19. All people accessing markets are also subjected to hand washing at