Government’s denial of allegations of reopening of schools/Institutions on the 20th of September that were circulating in the media has dealt a hard blow to hostel owners and food vendors
A picture of a chapati selling place that was vacated
Kampala. Residents of Makerere Kikoni a Kampala suburb that borders the western part
of Makerere University are shedding fresh tears after their hopes of resuming business were dashed by government's denial that education institutions would soon open.
The government’s denial of allegations of reopening of schools/Institutions on the 20th of September that was circulating in the media has dealt a hard blow particularly to hostel owners and food vendors
As the country was
caught unaware by the Covid-19 outbreak Schools andUniversities were closed as one
of the measures to curb the spread of the deadly virus in March. But however this has
left many people who depended on these institutions without work and they have been living in hope for the day the re-opening would take place. Now it transpires that this is not about to happen.
Among the heavily
hit people in the area are landlords of small rentals. Their suffering has been occasioned by the majority of their tenants' failure to play the rent arrears.
According to Steven
Bukenya, a landlord in the area, their rentals are largely occupied by
students so he has lost half of his tenants as a result of closure of the
“Many of my tenants have quit the place because they are students
and they cannot continue paying rent yet the University is not going to be
opened any time soon,” Bukenya laments.
Other bug losers are the food vendors who were also left without customers. These majorly
used to sell their food to students so the closure of the University came as a
nightmare to them.
Mama Paul, a local
lady who sells food is also stuck without any customers and laments: “The
University was closed, for us who sell food we it was the only way to survive.”
The ministry of
education through the permanent secretary on 12th September denied
allegations that the Government was preparing to reopen schools for candidates
and institutions for finalists.
However the Ministry advised the public to wait for the authentic Information about the re-opening of schools that will be issued by the Ministry of Education and Sports or the Permanent secretary.