personnel and Kampala Capital City Authority- KCCA enforcement officers on Monday
dispersed roadside vendors in a bid to enforce Standard Operating Procedures-
Last week President Museveni eased the lockdown restrictions after 42 days. Museveni
said that all business areas in Kampala were required to have handwashing facilities
at the entrance and everyone should wear a mask. Roadside vending and all
kiosks within corridors of Kikuubo were banned in a bid to decongest the pathways.
However, as business resumed, several traders sold their merchandise on the
verandas of arcades and shops contrary to the set SOPs.
Vendors who were dispersed from the verandas shifted to the road especially
those operating along the Namirembe Road Non-Motorized Transport corridor. They
were however again chased by the police.
Annet Nassali, a vendor in Kikuubo says they rent space on the verandahs to
earn an income, but, unfortunately, they are being chased.
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trader, Elly Kakooza notes that traders have waited so long to open shop. He
says it's hard to attract customers without displaying items on the verandahs.
Kakooza further says that it is difficult for traders in Kikuubo to enforce
SOPs among their customers because there are several customers turning up
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Umar Kityo, another trader says that there is uncertainty on how they will operate.
He says as police enforce SOPs in Kikuubo, some arcades are still closed to
traders while some have resumed work already.
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Godfrey Katongole the Chairman of Kampala Arcade Traders Association wants the government
to carry out mass vaccination such that people resume work without fear of
During his address on Friday, President Museveni said that after two
weeks, the government shall review the decision to lift lockdown and that if
some sectors ignore SOPs they shall be closed again.