“This cassava will keep you awake till you reach your destination!” markets one of the elderly mamas. “It is so soft – roasted just the way your grandmother used to do it. Leave the deep fried stuff my son…
Vehicles travelling through Lukaya trading center grind to a halt to sample the mouth-watering Nyama choma (roast beef), boiled chicken, yummy rolex or restock their beer and soft drinks.
“I know you are a journalist and deserve a discount!” a dealer summons me as I frame him in the camera. “Instead of sh10, 000 you will pay sh7000!”
Sporting a goatee and a Moslem skull cap he says his product is not haram.
“You will never stop eating his stuffed intestine which some people say is good for making women chubby cheeked and beefy in the backside.”
Not impressed by his salesmanship I walk to the next stall only to stumble on ladies roasting cassava and potato tubas.
“Karibu Ssebo” (You are welcome.)
“This cassava will keep you awake till you reach your destination!” markets one of the elderly mamas. “It is so soft – roasted just the way your grandmother used to do it. Leave the deep fried stuff my son…”
Activity grounds to a halt when a convoy of vehicles with socialite Zari, Irene Namubiru and Minister of Tourism, Geofrey Kiwanda popped out. Sticks of shimmering meats were practically shoved down their throats.
“Minister here I have VIP drum sticks of a fat chicken,” called one dealer.
Another called, “Irene my meat is spiced with honey and other concoctions that are good for your vocal chords and dancing limbs!”
To crown the selling language was a dealer who spotted Zari and coined a phrase, “Amanyi ge kikyala ogafuna wano (Here is women emancipation,) Zari. “Your business deals will never be the same again. You need it here I am all to serve you!”
By coincidence Zari needs all the power to make destination Uganda attractive after having been appointed ambassador of tourism. The onus is upon her to draw 4.5m digital followers to visit her home country.