The Minister in Charge of Kampala Metropolitan Affairs Betty Amongi said that 48 of the arcades in Kampala had met the set guidelines for Standard Operating Procedures. They include, among others, Mukwano Arcade, Modern complex, Grand Corner Plaza, Arua Park Plaza, Arua Park Annex, Magoba Shopping Mall, Mega Plaza and Sekaziga House.
Close to 50 arcades have so far adapted
to the Standard Operating Procedures set by the government as a precondition
for their reopening.
The government had maintained lockdown
restrictions on arcades, because of the envisaged difficulty to avoid close contact between people in the wake of
the COVID-19 pandemic. According to President Yoweri Museveni, it would be
practically impossible to enforce social distancing guidelines in arcades,
whose shopping units are co-rented by several traders.
But this morning, the Minister in
Charge of Kampala Metropolitan Affairs Betty Amongi said that 48 of the arcades
in Kampala had met the set guidelines for Standard Operating Procedures. They
include, among others, Mukwano Arcade, Modern complex, Grand Corner Plaza, Arua
Park Plaza, Arua Park Annex, Magoba Shopping Mall, Mega Plaza and Sekaziga
On the same list is Teddy's
Plaza, KK TRUST, Ham Shopping Grounds, Nabugabo Arcade, Avemar Shopping Centre,
Kampala Plaza, Trust Arcade, E-M Plaza, and Galilaaya Shopping Centre, among
Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde
told a meeting of Arcade owners this afternoon that the arcades that have
conformed to the set guidelines will be opened not later than Friday, after the
list has been presented to the president.
//Cue in; So we will…
Cue out… would have complied.”//
The decision is the outcome of a
series of inspections undertaken by Kampala Capital City Authority, the
Ministry of Trade, together with various trader’s associations to ensure that
arcades adhere to the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health for the purposes
of keeping coronavirus disease at bay.
During the inspections, the Kampala
Capital City Authority - KCCA issued new guidelines requiring arcades to have a
dedicated isolation room, for possible COVID-19 suspects, handwashing
facilities, cleaners dressed in personal protective gear and adequate
detergents to use in cleaning. Owners and operators were also advised to
install closed Circuit Television Camera’s-CCTV at each entry, exit and level
and a body temperature screening for clients and attendants using functional
Altogether, the inspection teams
visited 87 buildings that were classified as arcades and whose operations are
still restricted. But of these, 39 did
not meet the set guidelines and will remain closed, according to Kyambadde.
They include Qualicel Bus
Terminal, Moonlight arcade, Kalungi Plaza and Printers House along Nasser road,
Boost complex, Supervisor complex, Katikati complex, JBK plaza, Park View
Shopping Centre Namaganda Plaza, Silver Arcade, Park Enkadde, and Peoples Plaza
among others. But Kyambadde says that the verification exercise will now be continuous
as the government enforces a phased opening of the malls.
Sudhir Ruparelia, one of the
biggest landlords in Kampala said the reopening is a good step for the arcades
that have complied to the guidelines.
//Cue in; We want the tenants…
Cue out… certification is done.”//
Edward Kitaka, a trader in
Nabugabo Arcade asked the government to expedite the re-opening process. He says many of them are struggling to
survive and to meet their loan obligations.
//Cue in; "Tubadde tumaze
Cue out...bajja kukyikola."//
Early this morning, Police fired
teargas and live bullets to disperse hundreds of traders in downtown Kampala
who had reopened shops this morning, despite their continued closure by the
Below is the complete list of arcades that have conformed and those that are pending approval
Shopping Centre, Mega
15 A and B,
View Shopping Center,
Centre, Complex Total