Last week, the Mbale City task force threatened to close the market should the vendors fail to adhere to the presidential directive. Muhammad Wedala, a dealer in produces says that they were promised nets which they are yet to receive.
Vendors in Mbale Central Market are yet to receive the mosquito
nets promised by the government.
Last month, President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni asked women vendors to sleep in
the markets to reduce contact with family members, as a measure to control the
spread of COVID-19.
Museveni then directed the Ministry of Health to provide the vendors with
mosquito nets to protect their health from malaria. However, the vendors are
yet to receive the nets and have vowed not to sleep in the market until they
are provided with the nets.
Last week, the Mbale City task force threatened to close the market should the
vendors fail to adhere to the presidential directive.
Muhammad Wedala, a dealer in produces says that they were promised
nets which they are yet to receive.
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Janet Kasakya, another vendor says that they have no problem sleeping
in the market as long as they are protected from Malaria. Kasakya adds that the
sanitation at the market is appalling and should be improved.
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The Central Market, Public Relations Officer Abubakar Nabende says that the vendors
will sleep in the market only when they receive the nets.
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Mbale City Mayor, Kassim Namugali said that it is unfortunate that the nets
have not yet been delivered. He however said that it should not be an excuse by
vendors to flout the covid19 guidelines.
He said that if the vendors don’t comply with the guidelines, the market will
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month, the Ministry of Health started distributing mosquito nets to vendors
sleeping in markets around Kampala. A total of 5,000 nets were distributed in
the different markets in Kampala including Nakasero, Owino, Nakawa and Kalerwe
markets among others.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.