BWEYOGERERE, Kireka and Namugongo townships are all set for a business boom. Two events that could turn around the economic fortunes of businesses in these areas on Kampalaâ€™s eastern outskirts are about to unfold.
Unprecedented crowds will this week descend on these areas for the Martyrs day on Friday and the Uganda versus Guinea Bissau Nations Cup match on Saturday.
That Christians from all over the world will start moving to Namugongo today means that businesses in Kira Town Council have almost a week to reap from the massive cash inflow.
â€œItâ€™s a golden opportunity to make money,â€ said Joseph Kibuuka a bar owner in Kireka. Alcohol and foodstuffs always sell like hot cakes on martyrs day just like on days when Namboole National Stadium hosts big international matches.
Football fans start drinking as early as 10am on match day. This continues late into the night whenever the home team wins.
Kibuuka said they have accordingly stocked. Besides alcohol, soft drinks and foodstuffs especially roasted meat will also be on high demand.
Cranes merchandise will also flood the market. Each Cranes jersey goes for at least sh30,000. Local soccer governing body FUFA has however warned the public to avoid buying poor quality jerseys.
Federation publicist Rogers Mulindwa said FUFA has produced the official supportersâ€™ jersey. It will hit the streets today at a price of between sh40,000 to 60,000. â€œThese high quality jerseys in national colours will give the Ugandan fan a new look,â€ promised Mulindwa.
How about the transport business, where both boda bodas and taxis are itching to make a kill.
Boda Boda fares rotate between sh5000 to 10,000 per person depending on how you negotiate while taxi fares shoot to sh2000 at peak time.
The hotel business is also eyeing the crowds with relish. â€œIt could beat last yearâ€™s National Resistance Movement national delegates conference at Namboole,â€ said one of the managers at Bweyogerereâ€™s Jokas hotel.
Finding a room in the area was almost impossible as some delegates were forced to opt for the much further Mukono town.
Cranes v Guinea: Time to make cash