Traders Report Low Easter Sales

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Salima Naziwa is the proprietor of Dokasi Traders which is found on Mid City plaza and deals in female garment.

Business is slow in the central business district of Kampala this Easter season, a mini survey carried out by URN has revealed. Several traders stocked up their shops to cash in on the Easter sales but by Friday, many of them were yet to make tangible sales. By Friday afternoon, business was still very slow on the usually busy streets such as Ben Kiwanuka, William, Luwuum, Nabugabo and Namirembe Road. The shops along these roads are known for selling a wide range of items including mobile phones, clothes, shoes and household items amongst others.

But by the time URN visited some of the shops on these streets on Friday, the traders looked dejected as only a handful of people showed up at their shops to inquire or buy merchandise. Salima Naziwa is the proprietor of Dokasi Traders which is found on Mid City plaza and deals in female garment. Naziwa told URN on Friday afternoon that her hopes of cashing in on increased Easter sells had diminished because she had not made even a quarter of the profit she has expected. According to Naziwa she expected a boom in business because of the Easter holiday but nothing happened.

Naziwa explains that she stocked her shop hoping a profit of at least 5 million shillings but she is worried that she may not meet her target because of the fewer people buying her items. Irene Katende, a trader at Mini Price building says that during such days she does not find time to offer interviews to journalists, but this time around she had all the time because of the lack of customers. She attributes the low sales to high poverty levels and many competing demands like school fees for the available little resources. Sophia Namusoke, a dealer in jeans attributes the low sales to the abolishment of street vending by Kampala Capital City City Authority-KCCA in 2011.

Namusoke says previously they would give their merchandise to street vendors, who would easily find buyers because people fear entering shops but this is no more. Rachel Matovu, a dealer in ladies wear and shoes along Namirembe road says that she has been forced to slash her prices to attract customers. Matovu is selling her shoes at between 18,000 and 22,000 from 25,000 shillings. She however says that, despite reducing her prices customers are hard to come by. Despite Easter being a holiday season, our reporter saw several KCCA law enforcement officers patrolling city streets to block street vendors. Peter Kaujju, the KCCA spokesperson says that they will not hesitate to confiscate the merchandise of any body found selling on the streets.


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