Since â€˜downgradingâ€™ from a quiet luxurious bar and restaurant to a mini club of sorts, Mateoâ€™s had become Kampala central districtâ€™s wild party venue every Friday and Saturday nights.
But following recent arrests of managers in suburban clubs and bars playing loud music, it has been silent nights at Mateoâ€™s.
A staff member at Mateoâ€™s said they abandoned their Friday and Saturday carnivals because â€œwe heard that we were next to be picked up. Since two years ago, two of our managers and a DJ were locked up because we were playing loud music in a â€˜heavily residential areaâ€™, we werenâ€™t about to take a chance.
â€ Mateoâ€™s staff is accusing leading clubs and discotheques in the city to be behind their â€˜closureâ€™ because they were â€˜stealingâ€™ the crowds and averaging about sh20m over the weekend and secondly, they are not in a heavily residential area as they claim.
Maybe there is no conspiracy and it is true the blaring music was deafening residents living in the surrounding pearly â€˜bungalowsâ€™ of Workerâ€™s House, Telecommunication House, IPS building, Farmerâ€™s House, Commercial Plaza and the Parliament.
Silent nights at Mateos