Nakiwogo Market re-opens amidst strict guidelines

By Georgewilliam Kakooza

Nakiwogo Daily Market in Entebbe Municipality has reopened after 4 days closure but with strict guidelines from the Entebbe COVID-19 Task Force.

This market is situated at Nakiwogo Landing site, one of the major landing sites in Entebbe municipality, Wakiso District. The landing site a major inland port where commuter boats, fishermen and MV Kalangala dock.

It also acts as a link between the main land and Islands such as Bugala, Bubeke and Bufumira with a major market population estimates of 10,000 people, from whom over 500 are vendors and transporters benefiting from the market.

On April 17th this year, the COVID-19 Entebbe Task Force led by the deputy RDC Hajji Noor Njuki Mbabali closed the market citing their failure to comply with Presidential Directive, of Social distancing especially congestion like  markets.

photo by GSA

The market management has been able to put in place precautions that will enable vendors operate in harmony, these include marking of square metre distances,emphasizing hand washing at several points, regulating the number of buyers at a specific time to only 3 and many others.

Speaking to Nakiwogo Vendors, at the market reopening, Entebbe D/RDC Hajji Noor Njuki Mbabali advised the market leaders to religiously follow the directives, to limit risks of mismanagement of the Market for better management of the pandemic.

Nakiwogo market Vendors led by Ssuuna Charles Lwanga told the Task force that market leaders have set out their own Market Task Force with the intent of implementing the Presidential Directives and penalize vendors who may go astray .

sections of the market greatly affected by the rising water levels
photo by GSA

He further tasked the RDC and other responsible authorities to foster immediate solutions to the water that has immersed sections of the market due the rising water levels from Lake Victoria.

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