Kalerwe, Nakawa Markets Closed for Failure to Comply with COVID-19 Preventive Guidelines

Minister of Kampala Capital City, Betty Amongi

The Minister of Kampala Capital City, Betty Amongi has announced the closure of Kalerwe market and parts of Nakawa market for failure to adhere to President Museveni’s directives in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

President Museveni recently issued directives to be followed while operating markets noting that failure to do so, the markets would be closed.

Among the directives issued included; observation of social distance of 4 metres in all directions, provision of hand washing materials as well as reducing on the movements from workplace to homes.

Addressing the press at the Media Centre in Kampala, the Minister noted that since the lock down, the Ministry has been monitoring the markets to observe compliance with the directives.

Among said that there are some markets that have indeed tried to implement the directives however some have totally failed despite several warnings.

“As such, we are closing Kalerwe Market and we are asking all the people in Market not to come tomorrow; we ask the landlords to sit down with the officers to reorganize the market within two days,” Amongi said.

Amongi noted that in case the management of the market can avail the Ministry with a plan to comply with the directives, the market will be opened for operation on Monday.

Amongi added that certain parts of Nakawa Market known as Basajjabalaba market is directed to be closed by tomorrow.

She added that this portion of the market has also been operating illegally and all market vendors have been advised to seek relocation in Nakawa main market.

Other markets including Busega and Banda have been warned that if they have not fully complied by Monday, they will also be closed.

The Minister warned street vendors against getting back on the streets noting that these are not part of those groups that were cleared by the President’s directive.

“Vendors have started ridding back to city centre with Tuku tuk, the directive didn’t cover vendors, it covered established markets. The vendors are not allowed to come back on the streets, they are not among the essential people,” Amongi said.

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