On the 30th of July 2021 during the Presidential Address on Covid 19, President Museveni relaxed the lock down measures with Kikuubo and arcades being one of the beneficiaries as he rallied traders and vendors to adhere to the Ministry of Health protocols.
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“Kikuubo should open as long as small kiosks and road side vending is banned… Kikuubo shoud remain a wholesale unit and I direct security enforcers to ensure compliance,” Museveni said.
However as traders prepared to start business on Monday, Minister Minsa Kabanda and State her junior Hon Kabuye Kyofatogabye have them warned against accessing their shops saying the places are still under lockdown until these work places are assessed before opening.
“On 2nd August, which is Monday, do not come to Kikuubo, and I by this mean all the arcades around, including Nabugabo, Luwum street, Ben Kiwanuka and the other arcardes around,” the minister told the press at the Uganda Media Centre.
The minister said that the arcardes and malls can noly operate after the Kampala COVID-19 task force assess the situation and issues them with a certificate.
The minister added that he doesn’t want to see any trader or customer getting into trouble with the enforcement team adding that arcades can only operate when the authorities have certified information that the places are okay. He said that the assessment process will take about five days if land lords and tenants cooperate with authorities.
Apparently, security has sealed off the downtown Kampala to bar vendors from accessing their shops in malls and arcades. RCC Hudu Hussein is already on the streets of Kampala to ensure that vendors don’t enter their shops.