Some of the affected businesses included those involved in photography, selling of flowers and tags, drinks and snacks, gifts, and masks among others. While some of the vendors tried reaching out to customers by running around the campus, security personnel drove them away and confiscated their merchandise.
According to President Museveni, the government decided to first sort out the scientists, who he said are vital for economic growth. "We insisted on giving good salaries to government scientists including teachers in the government Universities and secondary schools. This is not because we have forgotten the social scientists or art people. Not at all. It is because we can't handle everything at ago. We have decided to start with the scientists," he said.