This boom has actually seen hardware dealers organise themselves into an association called Construction and Hardware Dealers' Association (Chada). Last Friday, the association took time off their busy schedule to wine, dine and dance. The event was at Hotel Africana where they were entertained by Crane Performers.
The evening that was punctuated with speeches by technocrats from different fields such as Francis Kamulegeya, a senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oliver Lalan of Roofings group, Ahmed Rahees, a manager at MM Integrated Steel Mills Ltd, Rakesh Patel of Tororo Cement and Bhat Nilax and Joseph Yiga of Steel and Tube Industries, was the first of its kind.
"We are always on busy schedule in office. So, such outings help us to widen our thinking and [they offer] a comical relief," said George Mutebe of Cheap General Hardware Kasubi as he praised the emcee Wycliff Luyombya for the endless jokes that kept people laughing throughout.
His words were echoed by the Chada chairman Abbas Mutyaba who said most members left the event more energized since they dined, chatted, and shook a bit to beat off the stress they go through in their very demanding job.
Among the other speakers were Herman Kasekende of Standard Chartered bank, Ssebaggala Kigozi of UMA, Deo Kayemba of East African Roofings, Nelson Ofwono of Tullow Oil, Chris Nugent of Sadolin, Steven Kayiwa of Global Paints, Peter Kimbowa of GATSBY Trust (Uganda), Daniel Peterson of Hima Cement and Pumeet Chawla of Jubilee Insurance.
Speakers highlighted to association members how best they can make their work easier as a family by showing them how things are done here and globally. Guests later moved to the hotel's poolside for a cocktail, where some were seen shaking to the drumbeats of Crane Performers.
The function, organised by West Records, saw people leave the event at their will after the cocktail.