Evaristo Kayondo, the Chairperson KACITA, says that they decided to take a bold step to reopen the arcade since government hasn’t heeded to their ultimatum.
Kampala City Traders Association-KACITA has mobilised
traders in arcades to reopen their Shops on Tuesday in protest against continued
closure by government.
"All traders operating your business in
arcades come and open your shops tomorrow on 14th July 2020 as we follow
directives of the Ministry of Health (S.O.Ps
),” reads a leaflet
distributed by KACITA titled Enough is Enough.
Last week, KACITA issued a five
days ultimatum to government to reopen arcades after four months of closure due
to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Evaristo Kayondo, the Chairperson KACITA, says
that they decided to take a bold step to reopen the arcade since government hasn’t
heeded to their ultimatum.
He says government issued guidelines for
reopening and arcades were inspected but wonders why they haven't been reopened
despite their commitment to comply.
He says as a result, they are working with
arcade proprietors to grant traders access to their shops while observing the set
The guidelines include among others ensuring that the premises
and access ways are clean, hygienic and free of any obstruction.
The proprietors of the arcades and traders were
also asked to have adequate natural lighting and ventilation, dedicated entry
and exit points and dedicated persons to man them at all times.
KCCA also said that there should be CCTV
cameras at each entry, exit and levels and measurement of the body temperature of
clients and attendants using functional infrared thermometers.
They are also expected to establish a
dedicated isolation room in case they get any suspects. There should be hand washing facilities, areas
of convenience and dust bins.
All tenants and attendants should be registered, wear
face masks and keep two meters away from their customers.
Joseph Kamungolo, a second hand cloth dealer, says
his stock worth Shillings 6 million is gathering dust in the stores at
Gazaland. Kamungolo says since the lockdown was declared in March, he hasn’t had
access to his stock and has been surviving on tokens from friends.
//Cue in: "Okuva quarantine ...
Cue out: ...okutambula nakyo"//
Another traders dealing in carpets, says he cannot access his
store at Jesco Beauty Center and yet his display at Gazaland is getting
He wants government to reopen
the arcades to allow them to resume their normal operations.
URN visited some of the arcades an found the
corridors congested with traders, customers and passersby. There was no sign of
social distancing expect in side some shops while only a handful of people were
seen wearing masks.