Markets across Luwero town council
have relaxed the observance of the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs amidst a
surge in COVID 19 cases.
According to SOPs by the Ministry of Health and Presidential directives,
markets can operate but should install handwashing facilities, buyers and
traders should wear masks daily as well as observe social distance.
But traders in Kasana, Kiyenje, and Luwero Central Markets among others in
Luwero town have failed to adhere to the guidelines creating fear of the spread
of COVID 19.
Several traders operate with no masks whereas others wear them below the chins
while some handwashing facilities operate without soap.
Deogratius Bukenya the Chairperson of Luwero Central Market Traders Association
says that although they have tried to remind traders and their customers to
wear masks, many are reluctant.
Bukenya added that in the first lockdown, they managed to deploy vigilantes to
remind their customers to observe the SOPs, which they failed to do this time
again over lack of funds to facilitate them.
Bukenya now wants Police and Town Council authorities to join the market task
force and enforce the SOPs.
// Cue in: “Twatekamu Task Force…
Over 2,000 traders are operating in Luwero Central market.
Daniel Ssemuyaba a butcher in Kasana Market said that sometimes they ask buyers
to wear masks before accessing the market but some refuse. He adds that they
fear taking any action because they don't want to lose customers.
Ssemuyaba says that they deal in perishable goods and they can’t risk chasing away
the few buyers.
Khasifah Nalumansi a trader in Kasana market says that failure to adhere to the
SOPs has failed management of covid-19.
Nalumansi said that recently a vigilante blocked a woman from accessing the
market without a mask but the issue culminated into a fight as she attempted to
force her way inside the market.
// Cue in: “mask bajja…
Cue out;….katale kaffe”//
Magid Ssemwanja the Chairperson of Kasana Market Traders’ Association promised to
convene a special meeting and find ways to enforce the SOPs.
Patrick Maikula the Acting Luwero District Police Commander says that Police
has no fuel and manpower to deploy in markets daily to ensure they enforce
SOPs. He tasked the Market Task Forces to take action.
Maikula however promised that if task forces fail, they will need to carry out
operations in markets to enforce the SOPs.
Rose Birungi the Chairperson of Luwero District Task Force says that apart from
failure to observe SOPs, she has got reports some traders work past curfew
Birungi says that they have done enough sensitization and the next action will
be to arrest all those who breach the SOPS as well as the presidential
Cue in: “I strongly warn…
Cue out;….pay fines”//
// Cue in: “Tugezezaako kubanga…
Cue out;…okuwa fine”//
Under the Public Health (COVID 19
Control rules (2021) issued by the Minister of Health, a person who fails to
observe the guidelines faces up to two months in jail.
By end of last week, Luwero district had registered over 350 COVID 19 cases and