Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde clarifies the difference between malls and arcades through her released statement.
Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde speaks out on arcades and malls: On Monday this week, President Museveni issued a presidential order lifting the lockdown on businesses operating in malls and keeping those in arcades closed.
This generated a debate on both social media and mainstream media of what’s the difference between an arcade and a mall.
This confusion has made the Trade Minister, Amelia Kyambadde to explain the difference between a mall and an arcade through her released statement. The minister has also justified the basis for opening the former and leaving the second closed.
Hon Amelia said through her statement that malls have ample parking space, while arcades are congested and lack convenient parking space, she also says malls have two major entrances and one emergency exit while arcades have multiple entries and exits.
“Malls have ample parking space, while arcades are congested and lack convenient parking space. Malls have two major entrances and one emergency exit, but arcades multiple entries and exits,” Amelia said.
The Trade Minister also says malls have spacious outlets while arcades have comparatively smaller outlets.
“The malls have spacious outlets of over 40sqm with at least one occupant per outlet, while arcades are relatively smaller like at 20sqm with multiple occupants,” Kyambadde explained in her statement.
The minister also added that it’s very had to control traffic within arcades due to their over multitudinous but its very easy to manage traffic within a mall.
Kyambadde said that malls mostly offer essential services like banking, supermarkets, pharmacies and they sometimes offer office space but arcades strictly are for general merchandise.
The minister went ahead to clarify and give examples of malls and arcades.
Malls include the following; Acacia, Village Mall, Imperial Mall, Metroplex Mall, Oasis Garden City, Kingdom Kampala, Shoprite Lugogo, Victoria Mall and Marigold Mall in Ntinda.
The Minister went ahead to name the arcades; Nalubwama, Kizito, Nabukeera, Ggaliraya, Mutaasa Kafeero, Energy Centre, Qualicel and Arua park.
Amelia added that during there research they found that a lot has to be done before arcades are opened, starting from the working conditions of people in the arcades.
The trade Minister allowed shops on the ground floor of the arcades to open that can observe social distancing rules and guidelines. She also allowed any merchandise shops which are not within arcades to open provided they observe the presidential guidelines of the pandemic.
On the issue of rent, the minister says they have been engaging the landlords and some landlords are willing to forego one month of rent while the landlords are not willing.
“Yesterday we met with the president to discuss more on the issue of rent and we shall give our final say next week,” she said.