Business Yet to Boom at Namugongo

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People with businesses such as restaurants, clothing stalls jewellery, soft drinks and religious materials are yet to reap from the pilgrims.

With four days left to the Martyrs' day celebrations business operators are registering low sales.

People with businesses such as restaurants, clothing stalls, jewellery, soft drinks and religious materials are yet to reap from the pilgrims. 

Uganda Radio Network reporter saw some of the makeshift eating places, stalls where the religious materials are sold were empty. Outside the shrine, places like roasted meat joints, bars and restaurants had no customers.

Samuel Mutagubya, a vendor who has camped at Namugongo since Sunday says that business is slow. He is however optimistic that it will pick up when the pilgrims increase. He blames the low sales on the poverty being experienced in the country.

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Francis Mukasa, a restaurant owner says he has not sold as much as he had anticipated.

However some photographers are reaping big from the pilgrims.

Michael Kakande, a photographer, says that the demand for photographs is high. He explains that every pilgrim who arrives at the shrine demands to be photographed in front of the catholic shrine at cost of 3,000 shillings.

Meanwhile, only 150 vendors have been accredited to sell their items within the Namugongo catholic shrines. 

Francis Muwonge, the Catholic shrines administrative secretary, says that the accredited vendors are strictly limited to sell three item including food stuffs, soft drinks and religious related items.

 

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