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Buikwe, Jinja Residents Make loses at Nyege Nyege Festival

Some of the items on display during the three day event included caps, t-shirts, sandals, drinks and Rolex. The vendors paid rent to Nile Discovery Resort Beach management and owners of the spaces they were operating from.
Some of the business tents by residents outside the Resort

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Residents of Buikwe and Jinja districts who had hoped to cash in on the Nyege Nyege festival at the Nile Discovery Resort Beach in Njeru Municipality are crying foul.

The residents set up stalls adjacent to the main entrance of the Resort expecting to sell merchandise and food to the revelers.

Some of the items on display during the three day event included caps, t-shirts, sandals, drinks and Rolex. The vendors paid rent to Nile Discovery Resort Beach management and owners of the spaces they were operating from.

However, by Sunday afternoon, the last day of the festival most of the vendors were complaining of low sales.

Sadat Kabakubya, a resident of Mbiko in Njeru Sub county and vendor of Rolex (rolled Chappati with eggs), says he invested Shillings 400,000 with the hope of making a profit of Shillings 1million but was yet to recover the capital.

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James Mwesigwa, another vendor traveled from Jinja District which is on the other side of River Nile and set up a small eatery. 

Mwesigwa told URN that he was worried of losing his capital having made Shillings 200,000, which is less than 10% of the capital.

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The other big business was offering car parking services. Every home with a compound was a 24hour parking area.

Jackson Kim, one of the people who opened their homes for the car parking business, said he didn't earn as expected. 

Kim said it was the first time he, and his neighbors venturing into the business when they heard that about 15,000 people were expected to attend the festival.

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While vendors on the outside were crying foul, those inside make a kill. A piece of Rolex was going for Shillings 5000 inside the festival venue due to the high demand. A plate of katogo of beans went for Shillings 5000, beef Shillings 7000 while plain chips went for Shillings 5,000.

Beverages and alcohol companies also drinks flowing at very low prices during the day and hiked the price at night. For example, during the day a 500ml bottle of Soda cost Shillings 2,000 while at night it cost Shillings 4,000.

Charles Okello, a Rolex vendor travelled all the way from Kampala and paid Shilling 400,000 to get a stall. Okello told URN that he made more that shillings 1million in just two days with some revelers beef Rolex, which cost Shillings 10,000.

"We are many but the people who want Rolex are also many. I don't regret coming here or paying for this stall," he says as he makes Chapattis for his next customers.