Geoffrey Sserunjogi, the Kame Valley Market Chairperson, says they had no option to act before higher authorities close the entire market. He says they severally reminded the traders on the need to implement the preventives measures announced by government against COVID19.
Kame valley market leadership in Mukono
municipality has closed ten food stalls accusing the operators of bringing
along their children for work.
Following the presidential directive ordering
the closure of schools because of COVID19, some vendors resorted to reporting
for work with their children, saying they don’t have capacity to monitor them
However, the market authorities banned
children from the market in an attempt to decongest it but some traders
insisted on turning up for work with their children forcing
the market leadership to close their stalls.
Geoffrey Sserunjogi, the Kame Valley
Market Chairperson, says they had no option to act before higher authorities
close the entire market.
He says they severally reminded the traders on the need
to implement the preventives measures announced by government against COVID19.
“There is an open door for them on one condition that they
leave their children home, many of them don’t come from very far to work they
can go back and check on them other than putting the entire market at risk of
closure.” Sserunjogi said.
Kame valley market has over 500 traders dealing in
Tracy Kabagenyi, the Kame Valley Market Women Secretary, says
the children have been escaping from their parents to loiter in and outside the
She says it is important to protect the minors since they
are tomorrow’s generation.
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Deborah Namwegero, a mother of three and one of those
affected, says the market leadership isn’t considerate given the situation the
entire world is going through where everyone is looking for some money to
provide for their families.
“My eldest child is eight-year-old to remain home alone
taking care of the rest. My business isn’t that big enough for me to afford a
maid. Now the only option is feeding my family with the remaining produce I
have in stores,” Namwegero said.