Police have dispersed a group of vendors at Kalerwe Market who were demonstrating over the closure of a section of the facility.
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on Wednesday announced the closure of the Kisanjja Section of Kalerwe Market for failure to abide by government guidelines to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
And on Thursday, a section of traders blocked a section of Wandegeya-Gayaza road leading to the market and lit fires in the middle.
However, police swung into action and removed the pieces of timber in the road and put out the fire. They have since cleared the road and the market is back to business.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, KCCA said that section of the market is overcrowded and will promote the spread of coronavirus.
“The notice issued today has directed the vendors to cease operations effective 2nd April 2020,” reads part of the statement.
KCCA further warns the remaining section of Kalerwe market, the Orange section of Nakasero market, the Fish section of Busega market, the section of Kasubi market near the Kawaala – Kasubi junction and Nakawa market to comply or risk closure.
Museveni issued directives in a bid to combat the spread of the Coronavirus in the country suspending public gatherings, open street markets, public/private transport and non-food stuff markets amongst others.
On Tuesday, the president also asked vendors to stay in the markets and not to go back home if they wanted to continue working for 14 days