A couple being served by a waitress at Nicodemus pork butchery.

 

As a part of the #Covid-19 preventive measures, President, Yoweri Museveni banned social gatherings. The ban affected places like bars, night clubs and music concerts among others, which would gather many people and there increase the risk of Coronavirus infection.

Although the ban is still on, some popular pork joints in Kampala are operating secretly. Our reporter visited Nicodemus Pork joint in Nankulabye and found its operating normally. One of the waiters informed the reporter, they could offer him pork on top of his  favorite drinks and beckoned him to enter quickly before they could be spotted by security.

The waiter offered the reporter pork and beer at Shs5000 and Shs3500 respectively. On entering the pork joint, it was business as usual with a fully operational bar and several clients eating pork and drinking beer. Our reporter spent about an hour at Nicodemus Pork joint and left without any problem.

The situation wasn’t any different in Wandegeya, which has various pork joints. The operators employ different tactics to avoid being nabbed by law enforcement. At one of the pork joint, the waitress approached our reporter and invited him to their joint.

The waitress said they could also offer the reporter, saying their bar was operating at the back of the pork butchery. She said they would serve him any drink of his choice including soda or beer.

At Generous pork joint in Bukoto the bar section was closed by the time our reporter visited it last week. “Dear our esteemed customers, in line with the directive issued by the Government of Uganda towards fighting #Covid-19. Our bar section remains closed with immediate effect,” read a notice at the entrance. Adding that “However, our restaurant remains open and fully adhering to the standards and procedures set by Ministry of Health.”

However, our reporter later learnt that the bar was sealed off by Kampala City Council Authority-KCCA for failure to refrain from selling alcohol and maintain the recommending physical distancing. An employee told Eagle online that KCCA closed the bar when they found a huge number of people on tables drinking beers in disregard of the physical distancing guidelines.