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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.
26 Mar 2020 18:13
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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 COVID threat.      

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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 frequenting markets.         

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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 cost.     

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 different points.    

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