Following the president’s directive to have schools, worship centres and hang out places closed among others, the issue of bars, discotheques and lounges seemed complicated. Bars are places where majority throng to meditate and conference among other things. President Museveni’s March, 20 midday deadline has already elapsed. Traffic across all city streets is stagnated and flooded with motorists rushing school goers back to their homes.
Party animals thought their hang out spots will remain open but on the contrary, the Minister for Kampala, Hon. Betty Amongi says people will throng bars ‘over her dead body’. She has instructed the Kampala Capital Authority law enforcement team to track down all clubs that are likely to defy the president’s orders. Tough measures have been set for any dissidents as government has vowed to withdraw their licences. In the Kampala ministry’s statement dated March, 19 issued to the KCCA, Amongi said, “KCCA enforcement officers have been tasked to enforce the closure of all bars, discos, clubs, sports, music shows, cinemas and concerts. This includes bars and concerts and cinemas in hotels. So, if you thought that hotels were not included, you are going to go to bars in Sheraton, Serena, Imperial, No, all bars and clubs are to close, whether in a Hotel or somewhere else.”
It is not clear if club owners will urgently comply to the directive given the numerical insufficiency of the said law enforcers as not all will ably be deployed across all city hang out spots.