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Beaches, Markets closed as Traders remain confused


Mar 21, 2020 ,

By Harriet Asingura

Following the president’s directive against public gatherings as a way to control the wild spread of Coronavirus pandemic, several authorities, government entities and security organs have moved to effect the directive. As it has been the case in other parts of the country, Entebbe municipality authorities have ordered for the closure of all beaches, open-market places among other hang-outs. Traders were seen tussling with police during a Friday out-door market at Abayita Ababiri, along Entebbe road, a scrimmage which lasted for several hours. Led by SP Baker Kawonawo, police managed to convince traders in vacating the place for their own safety.

Police officers negotiating with traders at Abayita Ababiri out-door market, to vacate the place

Similarly, Entebbe municipality authorities suspended all operations of beaches and hang-outs until the 32days elapse, as had earlier been directed by President Museveni. “We all know that Entebbe is Uganda’s gateway, we therefore, cannot just leave these places open because someone can enter the country with the virus and then goes to these happening places,” remarked Vincent Kayanja the Entebbe municipality mayor.

All beaches have also been ordered to close business until 32 days have elapsed

John Asiimwe the owner of Speenah beach- Entebbe, expressed sadness, saying Easter season was soon approaching; the only time when beaches amass good profits. “But we also want live and healthy people, so, we welcome the move, as we monitor how the situation shall be after the 32days,” intimated Asiimwe.

Entebbe Marathon Postponed

Relatedly, Entebbe marathon which had been scheduled for April, has been postponed till further notice. This comes in the wee hours of preparations of the 3rd edition for Entebbe marathon. Kayanja the municipality mayor, who is also the patron of Entebbe marathon, noted that municipal council and sponsors of this marathon like Cyno hydra, Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, global paper, centenary bank, community of Entebbe and among others, have joined hands to extend the run until further a date.

SINOCHAM representatives handing over running kits to pupils from different public schools in Entebbe municipality

The marathon has, for the past two years, been organised to revamp and improve the education status of Public schools in Entebbe municipality. The Chinese people’s government, has been the main sponsor of the marathon where winners have always been airlifted to China’s Wuhan city to participate in bigger games, and subsequently awarded bigger prizes.

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