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Government to Reopen 48 Arcades in Kampala

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.
Traders resorted to their car boots to sale merchandise as arcades remain closed

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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 House. 

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 others. 

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 infrared thermometers. 

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 emyezi...  

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 government.

Below is the complete list of arcades that have conformed and those that are pending approval

CONFORMED; Mukwano Arcade, Modern Shoplex, Grand Corner Plaza, Arua Park Plaza, Arua Park Annex, Magoba Shopping Centre, Mega plaza Sekaziga House, Teddy's Plaza Prism, E Tower, Kampala Plaza Shauriyako Original, Bulamu Bwebugagga, Ssembatya Arcade, Plot 15 A and B, Kabala Shopping Arcade, Avemar Shopping Centre, Nambusi Arcade, Kisa Kya Mukama, Eagle plaza Galiraya, Discovery plaza, Capital Center Gadith House, Ham Shopping ground, E-M plaza, Royal Plaza, Hanifa Towers, Yamaha Center, Zai Plaza, Jjemba, Sky shopping arcade, Dembe arcade,   Trusted arcade, Gagawala Shamba Complex, Apple plaza, kisekka Auto Center, KK trust, Vinco Arcade, Byamugisha Ben, Angels arcade, Zebra House, Nabugabo Business Center, The Arcade, Light Arcade, Market Plaza.

NOT YET CONFORMED; Boost Complex; Superior Complex; Katikati complex; Arrow complex, Peoples plaza Park, Enkadde Mall, Annet Plaza, Silva Plaza, Nagatule plaza, JBK Plaza, Temuseo Mpoza, Namaganda plaza, Park View Shopping Center, Maria's Galleria Universal House, California Plaza City Centre, Complex Total Business Centre, Gazaland, Printers House, Royal complex, Nakasule, Zibula Atudde,   Katonga Business Centre, Haider Plaza, Kalungi  Plaza,   Victor, Nana arcade, Qualicel Bus Terminal, French  Plaza, Nasser Road Mall, Dembelyo House, Moonlight arcade, Sal House.

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