By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: After traders woke up Tuesday morning completely confused following President Museveni’s address in which he allowed Malls to open but ordered Arcades to remain closed, Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives Anne Amelia Kyambadde has come out to clarify the difference between the two.
Minister Kyambadde in a statement on Wednesday June 3 also justified rationale for opening the malls and leaving the arcades closed.
This was after President Museveni announced that shopping malls would be allowed to open starting tomorrow Thursday June,4, 20 but arcades would remain closed until further notice.
The minister has since explained in details ahead of the much awaited reopening to clear the air.
“Malls have ample parking space, while arcades are congested and lack convenient parking space. Malls have two major entrances and one emergency exit, but arcades have multiple entries and exits. Malls have spacious outlets of over 40Sqm with at least one occupant per outlet, while arcades are relatively smaller like at 20sqm with multiple occupants,” Amelia explained.
She also clarified that, whereas it is easy to control traffic within malls, it is on the other hand difficult to do so within arcades due to their over crowded nature.
Amelia said malls mostly have facilities that offer essential services, like; banking, pharmacies, supermarkets, and sometimes office space, arcades are strictly for general merchandise. “They even make their own clients and tenants pay for toilets as opposed to malls,” another unidentified man whispered from the audience.
The minister named facilities that qualify in the malls category including Acacia, Village Mall, Imperial Mall, Metroplex Mall, Oasis, Garden City, Kingdom Kampala, Shoprite Lugogo, Victorial Mall and Marigold Mall in Ntinda.
While some of the arcades she named include Nabukeera, Nalubwama, Kizito, Ggaliraya, Mutaasa Kafeero, Energy Centre, Qualicel and Arua park as arcades.
“General merchandise shops outside malls and arcades can open for operation as well, provided they consider the provided standard operating procedures (SoPs,” she said.
Now, from the minister’s explanation we hope you’ve all understood the scientific difference between the two. However, incase you’ve not, worry not, LDUs have a better explanation tomorrow morning where you will not only understand but ‘above stand’!