Alex Baingana, Principal Assistant Town Clerk for Central Division says that food vending has been banned because it is difficult for health authorities to access their hygiene. He also says that most of them tend to attract many people who are very difficult to control. Baingana says that the ban is in a good faith because it is only a preventing measure against Corona virus.
Some of the affected food vendors (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)
Kabale Municipality authorities have issued a ban on street
food vending as one of the preventive measures against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID -19).
Food vendors were mostly operating along Mitchel road behind
Equity Bank, infront of Kabale municipal yard along Kabale-Mbarara highway,
Kigongi, Keita and Nkunda roads in central division.
Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the municipality mayor says that the ban follows a survey about food vending business which was discovered that
the vendors’ hygiene is wanting. Byamugisha says that vendors conduct business
without sanitary essentials like soap and water for washing hands.
He says that they have already assigned law enforcement
officers to effect the ban. Byamugisha adds that vendors who defy the decision
will be arrested and charged.
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Alex Baingana, Principal Assistant Town Clerk for Central Division
says that food vending has been banned because it has been a big problem for health
authorities to control it since the vendors do not have good hygiene.
Baingana says that the ban is
in good faith because it is only a preventive measure against Coronavirus.
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However, some vendors are unhappy about the ban arguing
that their business is the only source of income. Mulshid Kamugisha, also a food
vendor says that the ban has left them stuck without a business and worries
where he will get money to look after their families.
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Uganda has so far confirmed 14 cases
of COVID -19.