Covid-19 lockdown exposes Uganda’s poverty, inequality

Empty. An abandoned market at the New Taxi Park in Kampala. Many city dwellers who have been surviving on small scale businesses and living hand-to-mouth have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown .PHOTO BY David Lubowa

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Economic challenge Before Uganda confirmed the first case of Covid-19, about a month ago, policy experts at the Finance ministry had simulated the likely impact on the economy. Like elsewhere, the government imposed a curfew and lockdown to bring the spread of the virus under control. But the lockdown has amplified existential crises such as unemployment, poverty and inequality, writes Frederic Musisi

We are all in this together’, has become a catchphrase around the world as a demonstration that the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting everyone in equal measure. It is a slogan that cuts across the political aisle, religion, government, and business.

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