Juliet Lubega

The roadside market

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Patiently waiting like unsung heroes, the vegetables and fruits have occupied this spot on the Kampala-Masaka highway since time immemorial. Unaware of the time of day, weather or  the corrugated iron sheets roof falling apart over them .They hold on tightly to the vitamins and minerals they provide oblivious to their importance to human nourishment. Some sit in gymnastic rows and columns while others lazily lie on sheets placed to protect them from  the dusty ground. They are organic, and should be proud of that.

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Their masters, are small scale farmers who nurture them in the plots and gardens behind this  mouth watering display. Year after year, they stare at the passing high speed traffic above, pining for cars and lorries to veer off the road towards them to shop.

I have shopped in this market about 25 years on my travels between Kampala and Masaka. There are no safety barriers, so let us celebrate the survival of this roadside market besides the notorious Kampala- Masaka highway.

Juliet Lubega, Unpublished 2013


Author: lubega1

Among other things an aspiring UK based African writer with particular interest in African/Western cultural divide..

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