ABOVE Minister Kyambadde attending a recent function in Kampala
Govt, landlords, lay strategies of Arcade reopening
By Kitts D.Mabonga
The government has welcomed the quick response in which city landlords and owners of arcades responded in as far as coming out with a clear roadmap that will inform next cause of action towards reopening the arcades that remain closed for the last four months.
The developments came to light during a dialogue meeting held on Friday afternoon at the office of prime minister that was attended by city landlords and arcade owners on one hand and the minister for Kampala Metropolitan affairs Betty Among and her trade counterpart Amelia Kyambadde.
GOING FOR DECISIONS; Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia arriving for the meeting on Friday at OPM, he was elected to oversee the set up of guidelines that shall inform government decision to reopen arcades.
The two parties agreed that an emergency working committee be set up to come up with harmonized standard operating procedures [SOPs] regulations that emphasis how they would clear the congestion with the arcades that threatens the safety measures in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
They agreed to ensure that clear ventilation of the arcades was arrived at and also ensuring that vendors congesting within the arcades corridors are sorted out while customers entering a particular shop are limited to three at a time among others SOPs.
The members immediately constituted a committee to oversee the formulation of the new SOPs that comprises of Dr.Sudhir Ruprelia who is the biggest landlord in the city, Ham Kiggundu, Godfrey Kirumira, the Kampala resident city commissioner [RCC] hajjati Farida Mayanja Mpiima among others.
Both Ministers Amongi and Kymbadde said they were happy about the entire process saying they look forward to getting the resolutions so that they can be presented to the cabinet chaired by the president for consideration of reopening of the arcades