These were just some the measures put in place by the Government of Sierra Leone to either halt or mitigate the spread of the Ebola Virus at time. According to Mariatu Bangura a petty trader in Guard Street Market commonly called “Duf Curt” said looking at the current economic situation in the country we no longer have the luxury to sit at home on Sunday. We want to do our business she ‘’Emphasized”. The Government has removed all other measures that were put in place during the Ebola Outbreak but not Sunday trading. Removing fuel subsidy will definitely affect our business and prices of goods and services will increase definitely, except the Government want us to starve they should removed the ban on Sunday trading.
Speaking with the President of the Petty Traders Union Marie Bob Kandeh. This is something that we have discussed at Executive level and we stand by it. We were planning to call on the government to lift the ban on this Sunday trading before the fuel subsidy issues arises. Looking at the current economic situation traders can no longer have the luxury to stay at home on Sunday. Besides it should be by choice whether we want to sale on Sunday or not. Sierra Leone is the only country in the world that has such policy in place. So in answering your question we the traders are calling on the government of Sierra Leone to lift this ban. Few days ago some of my executive members were on the Radio discussing on this particular issue.
While interviewing other traders on this issue, something stand outs clearly and it showing it ugly face that traders are disgruntled and they need thing to change as soon as possible.