Alice Nakalema sells Silver fish in Busega
market in Kampala district. Nakalema, who has a seven months-old-child, hasn’t slept
in her home since President; Yoweri Museveni restricted movement as part of the
measures to control the spread of Covid19.
She sleeps in a drawer at her
stall in the market. Nakalema explains that she had to remove merchandise
to create space for her to sleep.
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Nakalema says it is safe sleeping at the market as they have
enough security provided by the market and police. Her only worry is leaving
her two children at home.
Although she has a house helper who keeps them as a mother
she misses every night with her children. More frustrating for Nakalema is
leaving her seven months-old baby behind.
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Her child couldn't adjust immediately to start feeding on
other than breast milk. Yet she had no means to preserve breast milk and
couldn't stop the flowing milk from her breast.
She now sneaks out of the
market once in a day to go breastfeed her baby.
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Nakalema says she doesn’t make as much money as she used to.
A sack of Silverfish that she previously sold off in two to three days now
takes at least 7 days to get finished.
She, however, has to take the risk and at-least earn as
much she can to sustain her family as she is the sole provider.
Chairperson, Disan Kiryowa, says Nakalema is just one of the over 60 people
that sleep in the market, majority of whom are women since they dominate the foodstuffs section.
He says they watch out for each other as the market
management also provides security to them and their merchandise.
He says they
also, continue to sensitive them on how to avoid contracting the Corona Virus by
washing hands and observing social distancing among other measures.
In Nakasero Market over 60 vendors sleep in the market. Wandegeya
market has the least number of vendors operating compared to all these other
One of the vendors said there were about six of them sleeping in
the market. Uganda has registered 53 COVID 19 confirmed cases, three of
whom government, says have recovered.