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Entrance to Mbarara Central Market Restricted

The Chairman Mbarara central market, Muhammed Nyombi, says they have also resolved to close some entries to the market to manage and control the number of people and also to ensure that they abide by the handwashing guidelines.
The closed entry gate to the central Market.

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Entrance to Mbarara Central Market has been restricted as part of the measures to combat the spread of Coronavirus. 

The Chairman Mbarara central market, Muhammed Nyombi, says they have resolved to close some entries to the market to manage and control the number of people and also to ensure that they abide by the handwashing guidelines.

He says for security purposes they also resolved to close four entrances out of the six.

//Cue in: “tuguzezako okugamba tugale…

Cue out: …orabike nga okuraki.”//

Nyombi adds that they have also resolved to close the market at 4:30 pm and open it at 8:30 am for the next 14 days.

//Cue in: “abantu tusazeho akatare…

Cue out: …kuminemu tuba tukagade.”//

Juma Abedi, the Chairman Mbarara central market meat dealers, says that they will draft timetables for the traders to work.

//Cue in: “kwekukendeza abntu kwekugambye…

Cue out: …olaba tuli mushifts.”

Nuliat Namakula, a vegetable trader, says that instead of sleeping at the workplace they will be returning home early.

//Cue in: “anti kanti twakibazemu…

Cue out: …saatu mbiri kitundu.”//

Bennitah Nabankema, a trader in the market, says that traders can’t sleep in the market because it has temporary structures that are not favourable for accommodation.

//Cue in: “Kati bwebagamba ekyokusula…

Cue out: …saawa kumi nambiri.”//

Emmy Kateera Turyabagyenyi, the Mbarara Deputy Resident Commissioner, and chairperson District Task Force say they agreed with the traders to close the market as early as 5:30 pm so that they get home early to avoid being caught by curfew time.   

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