Taxi Drivers Bear Brunt Of Kampala Traders Strike


what is ed geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Many people were on Wednesday seen stranded along the streets looking for open shops to buy goods but all they could see were big padlocks on heavy doors.

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seek geneva;”>This is after the traders closed their shops protesting the new government programme requiring pre-shipment inspection of imported goods in the countries of origin before they enter into the Ugandan market.

The traders on Wednesday announced a decision to extend the ongoing sit-down strike until next week.

Many shops on some arcades and the shopping malls in Kampala are up to now locked. They include Gazaland, Qualicel building, Skylight, Grand Corner, Avemmar Shopping Mall, Jemba Plaza, Zai Plaza , Textiles Arcade among others.

Traders were seen standing in groups discussing with others playing simple games such as cards on their shops’ verandas to kill boredom and pass time.

Meanwhile, taxi drivers are complaining over the situation. They are unhappy due to low turn up of passengers compared to times when business is booming in Kampala.

Frank Mwebaze, a driver at the Constitutional Square stage told Chimpreports that ever since the strike started they have been struggling to make profits.

“This is bad for us because at the end of the day, we have a lot of taxes to cover the Shs 120,000 required by Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA),” he said.

Prossy Kembabazi, a salon attendant in Mengo told Chimpreports: “I have not been working because my stock has run short of creams and braids and yet for these two days I have been coming to town and the shops are always closed.”

Amir Ssenfuma, an engineer from upcountry could not get wheel barrows and other equipments for his construction site since most hardware shops were closed.


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