Police Fires Teargas to Disperse Vendors

BY George William Kakooza

Entebbe Police on Friday employed teargas to dismiss open market vendors at Abaita Ababiri along Entebbe Road to implement the president’s directive on markets in the Corona virus lockdown.

In the President’s address on Covid-19; he issued guidelines for permanent markets to follow in this period. The president recommended that only vendors that deal in food stuffs should be allowed to operate but maintain a distance of 1 metre apart to the front, back, right and to the left, and also establish hand washing points.  

Every Friday at Abaita Ababiri, vendors from various areas ship in their merchandise to the market situated along the Entebbe Highway with hope to secure bread for their families.

The Covid-19 pandemic has dismayed them, making it hard for them to secure a living due to the strong directives that have caused interruptions in the trade.

photo by GSA

Police led by the Head of Operations ASP Oloya Moses ordered the produce trucks and the open market vendors to pack their produce and leave the market area.

However the affected traders argue that they had religiously followed the guidelines and believe it is unfair for them to be stopped from trading.

The vendors further hope for an intervention from the government so that they can be able to fend for their families lest they die of hunger.

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