Market Vendors have
registered low sales this Good Friday. Vendors say they usually sale much more
on such days as people shop to celebrate with their families, relatives and
friends but thing have been different.
Jalia Kigongo sells vegetables in Kasubi Market. She told URN that she had sold
items less than Shillings 10,000 by Midday yet usually by that time she would
have pocketed about Shillings 30,000.
Kigongo told URN that she previously she
only sold vegetables locally known as Nakati but has had to diversify to
include tomatoes, onions and egg plants to make ends meet.
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Paulo Mugaya sells passion fruits in Kasubi market. He however, told URN that
customers were coming in slowly.
He says usually when it is approaching Good Friday;
he sells a full sack of passions in a maximum of two days.
Now it’s coming to
four days and he is yet to complete selling a sack of passions.
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Our reporter found
Kasozi, an Irish potato vendor in Wandegeya market loading a sack of Irish
potatoes and other items on his motorcycle to take for his family. He said the sales didn’t reflect Good Friday.
He said while
previously he sold Irish potatoes worth over Shillings 300,000 now he sells
Irish potatoes of only Shillings 100,000.
Kasozi said because of the low sales,
he wasn’t motivated to stay in the market any longer, which prompted him to
carry one of the sacks and take it to his family.
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Shafik Wafula, a butchers in Usafi Market says since the president announced a
nationwide lockdown to control the spread of Covid19, his sales have been
Wafula says that while previously he sold beef worth Shillings 1.5million,
he now sells beef worth Shillings 300,000.
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At Nakasero and Owino markets the situation was no different. The vendors
reported less sales and only a few people could be seen shopping. Uganda has 53
confirmed Covid19 cases.