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Roadside fruit vendors target city walkers

By Francis Emorut

Added 22nd May 2020 03:56 PM

The irony of it is that customers are not observing social distancing and are walking around without face masks just like the sellers.

 Roadside fruit vendors target city walkers

Fruit vendor Juliet Nabukenya sells fruits at Bwoyogere trading centre (Photo by Francis Emorut)

The irony of it is that customers are not observing social distancing and are walking around without face masks just like the sellers.

BUSINESS | COVID-19 | LOCKDOWN

With the lockdown partially lifted, fruit vendors have strategically positioned themselves on the roadsides around Bweyogerere trading centre to attract customers. 

They target customers who are returning from the city walking in the evening to beat the curfew deadline at 7:00 pm.

The irony of it is that customers are not observing social distancing and are walking around without face masks just like the sellers. 

The government has come up with guidelines for every Ugandan to wear a face mask from six-year-olds, to tame the spread of the deadly virus. 

 

Robert Bwanika sells eggs at Bwoyogere trading centre. (Photo by Francis Emorut)


According to Juliet Nabukenya, she has to make a living to feed her family and pay rent as well as pay school fees her children. 

Nabukenya sells a variety of fruits ranging from avocado, pawpaw, and sweet bananas to watermelon.

She said on a busy evening, she earns sh30,000. 

Robert Bwanika, a senior three dropout at Kasubi High School said he wants to go back to study after raising a substantive amount. He sells eggs and on a rainy day, he pockets sh75,000.

 

A fruit vendor sells pineapples at Bwoyogere trading centre.(Photo by Francis Emorut)


Another youth, Carlos Mukwaya, sells pineapple and was busy serving customers to make ends meet during the lockdown following coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc worldwide.

According to Worldometer, over 5.1 million people have been confirmed with Covid-19 cases and over 331, 0950 deaths while 2,055,129 have recovered as of May 21.

A female youth was engrossed with her phone while selling maize at the roadside instead of welcoming customers.

This was on Thursday at Bwoyogerere, a Kampala suburb on Kampala Jinja high way.

A busy route with truck drivers plying to the borders of Malaba and Busia en route to Kenya.

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