By Felix Twinomugisha
Traders have decried loses they have incurred after the expiry of various goods because of the Covid-19 lock down.
Traders say that after over two months of presidential directive on closure of shops due to the corona virus pandemic, many items have expired in different shops .
According to Richard Baguma of Basiitu Business Solution along Victor Bwana Street Ntungamo Municipality who deals in general merchandise, he made uncountable losses in the business after most of the goods expired during lock down.
Baguma said that the affected goods include Vaseline, blue band, milk products and beverages like soda, juice among others.
Baguma asked government to come for their rescue and negotiate with land lords such that they at least traders can pay half of the monthly rent since they have not been working during lock down.
Ms Jonas Ahabwe, a retailer at Radio Ankole Boda Boda stage tasked the ministry of trade and industry to consider negotiating with the manufacturers especially Coca cola company to always take back the expired soft drinks just like bakeries do.
However, one of the prominent property owners in Ntungamo municipality who preferred anonymity noted that it is right to start demanding rent from tenants because some of them are stubborn and they may shift to other places without paying.
The mayor Ntungamo Municipality Jacob Kafureeka asked the property owners to give the tenants some grace period to organize themselves and pay the rent instead of pressing them.
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