Jinja City residents protest against the closure of shops and arcades

Jinja City residents protest against the closure of shops and arcades

Residents in Jinja city have protested attempts by police to temporarily close down shops and arcades as a mechanism of curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Earlier this week, both police and UPDF raided Jinja city to shutdown shops and arcades that were operating normally irrespective of the fact that President Museveni had ordered their closure for the next 42 days.

However, they were met with great resistance from the traders who said that despite the fact that only food markets and retail shops were allowed to stay in operation, they had no choice but to work since they are the bread winners for their families.

One trader Moses Mudanbada who runs a printing shop says their ought to be clarity from the President on directives he issued on Friday as his own security personnel have failed to interpret them correctly.

Another trader Aloysius Mutebe who deals in furniture said it is not wise to as traders to totally shutdown their businesses since it is their only source of survival and Incase it is closed, they shall get depressed which could result into death.

While other traders cried out for the government to relief aid to them as soon as possible, others instead said it was relevant for them to work based on the fact that their bosses would soon need rent from them.

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Vincent Ssemaganda, the vice-chairperson of shop owners within Jinja city told media retail shop operators should not be asked to stop working as long as they are working within the framework of the standard operating procedures set by government.

On the other hand, the Kiira Central acting Police Commander Maurice Niyonzima told the story from another account claiming that they were attracted by the fact that the traders had turned their shops into bars.

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