National Theatre Cashes in on MPs Swearing

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David Mubiru, a dealer in T-shirts said the business was not moving as he had anticipated, saying people didnt have money to buy his merchandise.

Business has been booming in the National Theatre parking lot since the swearing in of members of parliament started on Monday. 

Dozens of vendors took to the parking lot to sell merchandise to hundreds of supporters escorting their legislators for swearing in parliament.  
Each of the legislators was only allowed to access parliament with five people. 

As a result, the extra supporters accompanying the legislators would end up in National Theatre where they would be treated to music, drinks and food as they wait for the legislator to return.

Vendors took advantage of the situation to vend merchandise including political party T-shirts, whistles, caps, decorations, vuvuzelas and snacks among others. URN spoke to some of the vendors on how business was fairing.  
David Mubiru, a dealer in T-shirts said the business was not moving as he had anticipated, saying people didn't have money to buy his merchandise.


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Doreen Nanteza, a vendor of soft drinks told URN that her drinks were moving very fast because of the hot weather. Amon Kasozi, a dealer in badges and caps told URN that business was good. According to Kasozi, people were forced buy his caps due to the hot weather. 

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URN learnt that the vendors had to pay ten thousand Shillings at the entrance of the National theater to be allowed in to conduct their business.  


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.