IT’S just day one of the imposed 32 day closure of the ‘night business’ and Uganda is already shaking.
The public might view the closure of bars, nightclubs, and other happening places as a major loss and setback for bar employees and owners, but there’s another sector that is already feeling the pinch.
A trade that feeds off the beer business.
Uganda was last evening put under a dramatic mini lockdown, as government works towards stopping coronavirus from hitting the country.
President Yoweri Museveni announced that the restrictions will last a month.
Among the 13 key rules introduced by Mr. Museveni and government was the suspension of leisure facilities and events.
He announced: “The next frontline of fighting the virus is to stop the merry-making, the discos, the dances, bars, sports, music shows, cinemas, and concerts. These are very dangerous gathering points with the virus around.
Drunkards sit close to one another. They speak with saliva coming out of their mouth. They are a danger to themselves. All these are suspended for a month.”
While President Museveni’s executive is yet to be implemented by law enforcers, careful Ugandans are already locking themselves in their homes.
Most prostitutes have already closed shop. A quick stroll around Kampala last night by our team showed the usual red light spots are deserted.
In the heartof Makindye, on the upper part of Mobutu Road and at the start of Lukuli Road, off Mobutu Road, unusually their was little activity.
Usually a hub of roadside prostitutes, last night was only scattered with a few desperate ones.
Same goes for Mubarak Zone in Makindye. There is a building just adjacent to the UPDF military barracks around this place branded with labels, ‘Ladies and Rooms available’.
Last night served only empty rooms.
A popular brothel on Kabusu Road, right from the Nabunya-Kabusu road junction was also deserted.
De Comrades located at Kansanga Soya zone has always been a hub for girls of the night. Only waitresses could be seen there last night.
The legendary Speke Road Kampala had minimal activity, as well.
Stensera Road, downwards towards Pope Paul hotel, was deserted as well.
Kireka, a new red light district is already feeling the pinch.
Blue Point, a hub for the fine ladies of the night was average. Wednesday nights are always it’s peak nights.
Namugongo Road, where the juicy ladies sell from, was abandoned too.
Dancers Pub in Kibuye was as dry as dry tea.
Other red zones include; the honorary Capital Pub in Kabalagala, Katanga in Makerere and Kimombasa in Bwaise, Cheers in Ggaba, Nateete, Makindye at a place called Ewa Kiiwa, Wandegeya among others.
Most of these had really low turn up and the situation is expected to worsen.
Is online sex the answer?
Watch this space!