About 500 vendors from Najjembe market in
Buikwe district are worried about losing their produce after being forced into
the mandatory 14 day’s self isolation in their homes.
The market was closed for disinfection on Thursday
this week and all vendors ordered to self-isolate after three of their
colleagues tested positive for Covid19 during the mass surveillance and community
Najjembe market, which is found along the Kampala-Jinja highyway is a popular stopover for truckers and travelers on the Eastern route because of its delicious snacks, roasted chicken and beef.
The closure of the money hasn't gone down well with the vendors, saying they were never
allowed to sell off their produce such as bananas, potatoes and sweet plantains that cannot wait for the 14days.
Henry Ssentongo says he had stocked beverages, which he fears
could expire should the taskforce delay to reopen the market if other vendors
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Nubuati Nakayiza, a vendor in the market, says currently her
family is feeding on the sweet plantains (Gonja) they had bought for business.
says it is hard for her to explain how they will raise capital to resume
business since the market is her only source of livelihood.
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Usman Lukwago, the Chairperson Najjembe Meat and Chicken
Vendor’s Association, says it is hard for them to describe the losses they have
suffered because of the abrupt closure of the market.
He however, says they are
liaising with the taskforce to enforce the Covid19 preventive measures to avoid
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Buikwe Resident District Commissioner, Jane Francis Kagayi
appeals to the vendors to remain home for their own safety.
She says the market
has been disinfected and temporally closed to save the vendors from contracting
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The vendors who tested positive are undergoing treatment at Mulago National Referral and Jinja Regional Referral
Hospitals while the 16 contacts from the community are quarantined at FUFA
Technical Center Njeru in Buikwe district.