Kikoni Business Slows Down As Mak Students Go For Holiday

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Some businesses around Makerere University are posting reduced sales almost a month after students broke off their recess term.

Some businesses in and around Makerere University are posting reduced sales almost a month after students broke off their recess term.
 
On May 30th, Makerere students began their three month holiday with majority of them leaving their residences inside the university and in areas surrounding it.
 
One such area is Kikoni, once a slum on the western neighbourhood of Makerere that has since slowly transformed due to huge numbers of students staying there. It now boasts of many high-rise buildings that serve as students' hostels.
 
When a URN reporter visited the area this week, some business people were unhappy about the low turn up of customers. Rogers Kyambadde, who operates a general merchandise shop, says his daily earning has dropped from 800,000 to 150,000 Ugandan shillings since the semester closed.
 
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Kyambadde sells items such as bread, sugar, packed milk and juice among others. His clientele is mainly university students who live in the nearby hostels.
 
Phiona Nabyanzi says her business of tea and snacks struggles whenever students break off for holidays and this is exactly what is happening.
 
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Others have security concerns when students are away, as Enock Bongole, who sells women's clothes explains.  
 
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Agnes Amutuhaire, also a snacks dealer, when students are away she struggles to feed her family.
 
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