Aminata Kamara, a fish seller in Kenema told this medium that they highly depended on their daily hustling for survival. As a result of their numerous challenges, they were calling on the government to lift the ban on the Sunday trading.
Moreover, traders in the nation’s capital of Freetown had also told this medium that the Sunday trading ban had seriously affected poor people as it delight the rich. They further informed this medium that posh restaurants and bars operated their businesses on Sundays whilst they were been stopped from doing same.
Fatmata Kargbo a cookery seller in Freetown told this medium that they appreciated that fact that there was no prohibition on pharmacies and fuel stations because they were very much essential to the existence of citizens but she however called on the necessary authorities to realize the necessity status of food in human survival and that thousands of Sierra Leoneans depended on cookery as their daily food. “On Sundays, lots of people eat bread as their daily meal simply because cookery shops were banned from trading” Fatmata added.
Youth involved in foreign exchange trading around the PZ axis, duly involved this medium that as a result of the prohibition of the Sunday trading, their businesses were not as good as they were before, while adding that the government should reason out with them and considered lifting the ban on Sunday trading.
Speaking on the legality of the ban, a human rights activist Fredrick A. Harding said that the state of emergency under which the regulations were legal for every parts of the country had been lifted while adding that forcing people to stay at home was absolutely a human rights violation.
He further explained that the ban was often supported in bigoted ways, most often by people who were affluence or better educated and by extension least affected by the current trading ban.