Six major markets in Arua district have been closed for flouting
the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures. Three of the markets were closed on
Monday while others on Tuesday.
The affected markets include Arivu in Arivu Sub County, Ajia in
Ajia Sub County, Nyio, and Ejupala in Vurra Sub County, Kampala and Adraka in
Logiri Sub County.
Some of the markets have continued to attract traders from the Democratic
Republic of Congo-DRC, Arua City and Zombo district posing a great risk of
Festus Ayikobua, the RDC
Arua says that some of the traders sneak into the district from other districts
hence necessitating the closure.
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Alfred Okuonzi the LCV Chairperson Arua says that the markets have
continued to attract buyers and sellers from outside the district which
directly violates the President’s directive on preventing Covid-19. Okuonzi
adds that they will also communicate to authorities in DRC to block traders
from crossing into Uganda.
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Micah Avubieng the Community Liason Officer Arua City and district
noted that in addition to closing the major markets, security has decided to
close the borders with DRC.
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Zubairi Abima the Tenderer of Nyio produce and livestock market
said though they will lose out on revenue they welcome the decision to close
the market since the threat of Corona has increased.
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The District Covid-19 task force and security team have also
resolved to deploy personnel at other smaller markets to ensure that only
locals in that area observe the standard operating procedures.