The Minister of Trade Amelia Kyambadde has said government will reopen 48 city arcades to reopen on Friday.
However, shops in the basement have been permanently banned, sending thousands of tenants, who have been affected by the four-month lockdown and rent arrears, to another uncertainty.
The clearing of the 48 shopping centres comes after traders operating in the arcades defied government orders and opened them on Monday triggering running battles with police in the city centre.
Kyambadde said 35 arcades will remain closed until they meet the government standards operating procedures and another verification will be done in less than a week.
“Before Friday, we will declare those arcades that have met the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) open. The other arcades that did not meet the SOPs will be re-evaluated by the team in a few days, but should be less than a week,” Kyambadde is quoted saying while meeting landlords and tenants in Kampala City.
Traders in arcades have been under lockdown for 105 days.
Sudhir Ruparelia, one of the biggest landlords in Kampala, said the government team inspected 77 properties and cleared 47 or 48 arcades to operate.
“I think it is important that the landlords work towards making sure that they adhere to SOPs and other measures in place. As landlords, we want our tenants to do the same so that we have a safe environment for people using our facilities including customers,” he said in a meeting.
Some of the arcades allowed to open include:
Mukwano arcade, Modern shoplex, Grand corner plaza, Arua Park Plaza, Arua park Annex, Magoba Shopping, Mega Plaza, Sekaziga House, Teddy’s plaza, Prism, E-Tower, Kampala Plaza, Eagle plaza, Royal Plaza, Hanifa Towers, Yamaha centre, Zai plaza, Jjemba Plaza, Market plaza, Kisekka Auto centre, Apple plaza, Gagawala, Shamba complex and Shauriyako original.
Those still under review are;
Boost complex, Superior complex, Katitkati complex, Arro complex, Peoples plaza, Park Enkadde mall, Annet Plaza, Silva arcade, The Arcade, Nagatule plaza, JBK plaza, museoimpoza, Park view shopping centre, Maria’s galleria, Namaganda plaza, Universal house,
California plaza, City centre complex, Gaza land, Royal complex, Katonga business centre, Totala Business centre, Nakasule, Zibula Atudde, Victor, Nana, Quallicel Bus terminal, French Plaza, Nasser road mall, Printers house, Dembelyo house, Moonlight arcade, Sal house, Kalungi Plaza and Haider plaza.
Credit: Daily Monitor