Business in Kasese town has remained low as Muslims celebrate Eid
Many businesses were still closed by 8:00 am along major streets in
the town. At Mawa market, renowned for
relatively cheap foodstuffs, several business outlets had not opened by 9:00
The traders say the day has lost the usual pomp with relatively
low customers due to the covid-19 lockdown.
Andrew Mugenyi a trader operating in Sayuli-Waako market says he
was not aware that Muslims were celebrating Eid-Aduha.
“Business has largely been the same like another other days, low
customers and I think it’s because people don’t have money.” He says
Amina Kabugho operating in the same market says that her customers
would come in the morning after prayers as they head home to celebrate the day,
but this has changed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
She says the demand for food items remains low compared to the
Amon Baluku operating a shop at Speke road said he had a few
customers on Monday and many were not Muslims. He says in the last two Eid
celebrations, he has made very low sales due to coronavirus restrictions that
have affected people’s incomes.
Amis Fred Oga, a Boda Boda cyclist says that he will not celebrate
the day at his home because he has not been working for the last 30 days.
/Cue in: “Abasajja basula enjala…
Cue out: …kuba tuli bubi.”//
The Kasese District Khadi, Sheikh Abdu Akimu Juma however asked the Muslims to
adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs and use day to pray for the
end of the pandemic.