Calm Returns to Kampala Amidst Heavy Security Presence

Some traders who opened shops on Friday are still in fear of anticipated rioting and looting.
Closed shops inside Kisekka market

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Calm has returned in Kampala Metropolitan Area amidst heavy security deployment after two days of protests.

Traffic is flowing normally with roadblocks mounted in several parts of Kampala. However many business premises which include arcades remain closed.

The most affected arcades are located along Bombo, Kampala, Nasser, Nkrumah, Kyaggwe, Katwe, Ndeeba, Kibuye, Luwum, William, Johnston, Burton, Ben Kiwanuka, Mackay, Mpabana, Martin, Namirembe and Makerere hill roads.

Some traders who opened shops on Friday are still in fear of anticipated rioting and looting.

Hassan Semanda, a trader dealing in stationery on Nasser Road says that business is yet to resume normally in the area. He says that most of the traders have remained home for fear that their merchandise will be looted when they open their shops.

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Rose Nakyeyune, a food vendor on Muganzilwaza complex says she opened her shop to demand money from clients.

“I am here to collect money from clients I served food three days ago. I incurred losses in the past two days when after preparing the meals, the clients are sent away due to the rioting and therefore today I did not cook food.” Nakyeyune said.

Daisy Nabulime, a spare parts trader in Kisekka market opened her shop despite the fear of what happened on Wednesday and Thursday. She says that since they don't have money to fend fir their families, she has risked her life by opening her shop.

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But Isa Sekito, the Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) spokesperson says most shopping malls, Arcades and markets are closed because the traders fear to lose lives. He says some traders who have been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic cannot bear any more losses.

Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson says the deployments have been made in trouble spots in the area. 

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Several road blocks have also been mounted along Bombo, Mawanda, Bwaise, Mpererwe, Jinja, Kansanga, Kibuye, Entebbe and Busega roads.

49 people are believed to have died and close to 80 injured in protests following the arrest of Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi.