City Traders have been
thrown into confusion following the President’s directive on shopping malls and
In his televised
address on Monday evening, President Yoweri Museveni said only shopping malls
will be allowed to reopen on June 4th provided they observe social
distancing, wash hands regularly or use sanitizers.
He, however, said arcades
will remain closed to avoid congestion. The directive has triggered a debate
among traders on the difference between an arcade and shopping mall. Some of the traders
accused the president of favouring the rich, saying they don’t see the any difference
between arcades and shopping malls since they offer the same services.
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Cue out: … tetwabitegedde bulunji.”//
Dennis Batambuze, the
Chairperson Street vendors downtown said there is no difference between
shopping malls and arcades. He said there is need for the president to exercise
fairness to traders in arcades.
// “Cue in: Naye nga byonna…
Cue out: … bagenda kulya wa?”//
Peter Kauju, the Kampala Capital City Authority Police Spokesperson told Uganda
Radio Network that the Authority will clarify on the difference between
shopping malls and arcades.
According to Cambridge Advanced Learner’s dictionary, an arcade is a covered
area or passage in which there are shops or a covered passage joined to a
building on one side and with columns and arches while a shopping mall is a
large usually enclosed shopping area where cars are not allowed
The Oxford Advanced Learner’s dictionary, says a shopping mall is a large
building or covered area that has many shops, restaurants inside it while an
arcade is a covered passage between streets, with shops on either side.