Gov’t Makes U-turn, Reopens Lukaya Road Toll Market

Lukaya Road toll market located along Masaka-Kampala Highway in Kalungu District on Tuesday reopened for business following the intervention of Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja.

The market, renowned for selling roasted meat, snacks and gonja (roast plantain), had previously been closed over the weekend on the orders of the district authorities in adherence with Ministry of Health guidelines on mitigating the spread of coronavirus.

But on Tuesday, Kalungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner Sarah Nanyanzi and the Lukaya Police Station OC, Vianny Birungi, said that the minister, who is also the area MP, had directed that the market should be reopened but continue to follow strict health guidelines such as washing hands and sanitizing.

Vendors were further asked to work in shifts in order to avoid overcrowding the market and also to stop running after customers.

During a meeting with the market vendors, Nanyanzi warned that the market would be closed again, should they violate the new guidelines.

“We are not in a normal situation and anything we suspect of exposing our people to coronavirus we have to swiftly intervene,” Nanyanzi said.

Hon. Ssempijja, who is also the area MP, insists that last week’s presidential directives do not affect permanent markets such as Lukaya.

Museveni last Wednesday ordered for the closure of schools and suspended religious gatherings across the country in attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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