The Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde has ordered mechanic and vehicle spare part shops to reopen and conduct their operations after they were closed by the police.
Police woke up today Tuesday morning to deploy in Kisekka market in downtown Kampala blocking mechanics to operate despite President Museveni’s Monday directive which allowed them to reopen and resume operations.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said businessmen in Kisekka market misunderstood President Museveni’s directive.
“As we continue to enforce presidential directives, we are paying keen interest in areas that have misunderstood the directives for instance Kiseka market. These are spare parts not shops,” said Onyango in a statement.
However, while addressing reporters at Uganda Media Center today Tuesday afternoon, the Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde said spare parts shops must open.
“I think there was a misunderstanding because there is no point in opening a garage when you don’t have spare parts. How are you going to operate a garage? Since garages were opened, spare part shops are also to open to supply the garages with necessary equipment because there has been that confusion downtown. I understand they were closing spare parts,” she said.
Kyambadde however reminded them to follow Standard Operating Procedures.
“But you must observe SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). You should put a string in front of your shop so that people do not crowd in your shop. They should maintain a distance and you should serve one by one,” she said.
Metal works which include welding and anything to do with metals, wood workshops, warehouses, garages, hardware shops were all allowed to resume operations by President Museveni last evening.
Others include insurance service providers, lawyers, restaurants (but only to provide takeaways).
To people heading to work, Kyambadde reiterated President Museveni’s directive that companies can hire a bus to transport employees to work but observing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) such as social distancing.
The guidelines that were issued on April 14th for the 21 day lockdown which were supposed to end today are still in operation for the next 14 days.