Mustapha Kizito, a butcher told URN on Thursday afternoon that he had only sold beef to 20 buyers with each of them buying less than a kilogram of beef. According to Kizito, in the previous seasons, he could sell a cow by midday.
In March 2020 the government closed schools over COVID 19 pandemic sending both teachers and students back home. Oliver Nanono, then working for Bayport Financial Services, was also hit hard because her major clientele comprising of teachers couldn't apply for loans due to the closure of schools. Just a month into the lockdown, Nanono resolved to resign her job at the Luwero branch and ventured into learning how to make craft shoes.
About 64 taxi drivers and conductors at Balikyewunya Luwero –Nakasongola taxi stage accuse their leaders led by Chairperson Uthman Mukasa Kiddu of embezzling up to 71 million Shillings which was saved over the last three years.
Luwero Town Clerk Irene Nakamatte issued a notice In July directing the District Kadhi Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa to stop operations of the market that was established on part of the 20-acre piece of land belonging to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. The market was established two months ago by Kadhi Mulindwa at Kalongomiti Zone in Luwero town.
The Luwero District LC 5 Chairman, Erastus Kibirango was the chief mediator between the two groups. However, when the Kibuli group and Nadduli turned up at his office for renewal of the talks before the tour, Kibirango informed them that he had pulled out after getting a letter asking him to stop meddling in Muslim affairs.
According to Kibirango, during the meeting, they agreed to suspend further allocation of space to vendors to erect stalls till Monday next week when they have inspected the land. He says their findings will determine whether or not to allow the establishment of the market on the land.
On Monday, more than 100 vendors started erecting market stalls on land belonging to Uganda Muslim Supreme Council in Katale zone in Luwero town council. It is said that the District Kadhi Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa offered a part of the 20-acre piece of land to host the vendors to sell mainly agricultural produce.
Phoebe Namulindwa, the Chairperson of the task force says that the markets have been reopened today after a meeting in which the leaders committed to implementing all measures to combat the spread of the virus. These include wearing face masks, observing the recommended social distance, using sanitisers and taking extra measures to decongest the markets.
Three of the roadside markets have already been closed on the directive of the task force after they failed to implement the Standard Operating Procedures aimed at combating the spread of the virus. The affected markets are Balikyejusa, Balikyewunya and Wobulenzi roadside market.
The district had planned to collect over one billion shillings in local revenue in the financial year 2019/2020. However, the district has realized only 562 million Shillings, with just a month to end of the financial year.
The sales fell drastically from the time president Yoweri Museveni directed all non-essential businesses to close to encourage Ugandans to stay home and limit person to person contact. Although food stores and factories including grain millers remained operational in order to ensure that the people access what to eat, many of them are making losses with little or no sales.
80-year-old Justine Nakijjoba, a resident of Kakoolo zone in Luweero town explains that her daughter who was working in a restaurant in a restaurant to support her was sent back home after it was closed due to lack of customers.
Simon Ebanu, a builder at the site explains that Haidery Construction sub contracted them through engineer Richard Gidagui to construct a slab at the apartments. Each of them is expected to earn between Shillings 15,000-30000 each day.