March 2, 2024

Kabale food vendors reject Museveni’s orders of sleeping in markets

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Kabale food vendors have refused to sleep in their markets over the temporally structures and leaking roofs.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed all food vendors to sleep in their markets as a way of curbing down the spread of covid 19.

Speaking to our reporter, vendors narrated that the market accommodates both female and male vendors and sleeping in the market without any security measures would put their lives at a risk of being raped.  

Niwebyona Benious commonly known as Murisa vending water melon and Musimenta Duncan an onion vendor in Kabale central market say the market is constructed temporally and it has leaking roofs. 

They add that sleeping in such temporally market would mean majority of them are going to die of malaria since the government hasn’t yet donated to them mosquito nets.  

The duo adds that market is small and practicing social distance at night won’t be possible and this would lead to wide spread of COVID. 

Loidah Gantu the vice chairperson of Matooke food vendors in central market says, the market is not fenced thus rendering their lives to assailants. He adds that married couples won’t believe the safety of their partners sleeping in the market.

Kyomuhendo Grace the Chairperson of traders in central market says the market doesn’t have enough Electricity to provide personal security at night. She adds that sleeping in the market would contribute to family break ups as majority of the couples don’t trust one another.

The Kabale central division chairman Sam Arineitwe says the market is not yet on standard to accommodate vendors sleep on their stalls.

He advises that for now, vendors should sanitize everything they touch on as the authorities are preparing to meet them over the matter.


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