At last I have joined you after a long struggle, Madam Busi knows it but I am finally with you. Thank God.
My name is Rehema Ndagire from Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, Kampala and I am very glad to be part of this discussion to share about interactive radio and how it can be of use to our people (The Farmers).
AT A STREET MARKET
I went to a busy street market in our city. This is usually there every Sunday were two streets were specifically given to traders and farmers to sell their merchandise ranging from clothes, furniture, household goods, as well as farm products - tomatoes, onions, potatoes............you name it!
'Ever since Jennifer gave us this opportunity to sell our goods on Sundays, I attend to my studies at the university during the week days without any worries, because I know that on Sunday I will be able to sell and earn money", said a vendor of second hand shoes but who happened to be a university student. The "Jennifer" being referred to happens to be the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority, in charge of city operations who some years back stopped vendors and hawkers from selling goods on Kampala streets during week days but allowed them to do so on Sundays.
A woman who had heaped tomatoes, onions and green pepper for sale at 1000/= and 2000/= per heap said she does not mind the dues she pays for trading on the street on Sundays because she earns more than she used to when she was selling things in a market known as Owino.
A male youth said that he opted for the street business after his "bodaboda" (Motorbike) was stolen by thugs who clobbered him and almost killed him. So he said it was a safer way to earn money, selling goods on the street than transporting people on motor bikes.
Please note: Motorcycles are the easiest, cheapest, popular and most convenient means of transport in Uganda today.