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We can't lockdown forever - Museveni

President Museveni

President Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has said Uganda will soon ease the coronavirus lockdown restrictions because the country can't live under strict measures forever. 

Museveni made the remarks on Saturday at State House Entebbe where he hosted inter-religious leaders for anti-coronavirus prayers. On the same day, Uganda's coronavirus cases increased by two to 116 after two drivers - a Kenyan and Ugandan tested positive. A total of  2,565 samples were tested and all the 652 community samples tested negative.

Of the 116 confirmed cases, 56 are from truck drivers - 45 foreign drivers and 9 Ugandan truck drivers. Of these truck drivers, 27 are Kenyans, 17 are Tanzanians, 9 are Ugandans, one Burundian, one Eritrean and one Rwandan. 

Ministry of Health said 31 of the foreign drivers have returned to their respective countries and currently active cases stand at 28 with 55 recoveries. 

Museveni said the lockdown which was extended this week by another two weeks was to help the country prepare better and mitigate the spread of the virus.

The president once again reiterated that there will be no locking out cross border cargo trucks as a section of Ugandans were demanding - because Uganda needs goods such as salt to be imported into the country.

Instead, Museveni said, the presidents of DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya have agreed to have the drivers be tested from where they are coming from, Kenya. He said the drivers will be tested by a joint team of the four countries in Naivasha, Kenya. 

Museveni also said coronavirus has helped Uganda to pay more attention to cargo truck drivers' health after many of them were found to have other underlying diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. He said such drivers are bound to cause accidents on the road and that Uganda will "certainly" only allow healthy drivers into the country. 

"Drivers are like pilots. Anyone to be a truck driver must be healthy. You can't have diabetes and high blood pressure and be a truck driver." he said.

On easing up the lockdown restrictions, Museveni said this will come with strict enforcement of wearing of the facemask. However, he said, Ugandans are yet to appreciate the importance of the face mask in stopping the spread of the virus. He said he has seen people wearing masks around necks, over the chins and on the head as if it were a decoration. As they keep on adjusting the mask, he said they risk taking the virus closer to their face. 

"The lockdown was in order to prepare better because we were not prepared better in the beginning. We’re now more prepared because you remember in my speech, I said you either vaccinate, or avoid, or treat…Of the three what is possible now is to avoid and treat and you have seen us treating. We have treated these people and they have been cured and gone. Nobody has died." said Museveni. 

"We have been able to treat because the numbers were few. That is the whole strategy. The mistake in Europe and other places was that they did not avoid early. They were playing around with something very dangerous and it spread so much that the numbers were so many, it was not treatable. That is why they said let that one die because we have nowhere to put them. That is what we want to avoid here." he added.

On corrupt officials in his government, Museveni said; "I'm really tired of thieves and greedy people. I will be coming to you [clergy] and say show me your Godly people...The one's you can stand surety. We can really move if we have clean people."

Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng also discouraged the use of airconditioning in vehicles or public buildings, saying the virus is able to stay in the air for at least 45 minutes and airconditioning will just keep circulating it around.  

"Air conditioning is not good, when you have air conditioning you close all the doors and windows and the air stays within. Whatever infection you have you keep circulating. the air keeps circulating around," said Aceng. 

 

Comments

+4 #1 Larry james 2020-05-10 14:40
So no air conditioning in my private car too? People haven't respected the isolation or social distancing.

Went to my local bank and on my way there I was amazed.
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+5 #2 sula 2020-05-10 18:41
Should people with hands full of blood really touch the Bible?

When the torture of Zaake is still fresh in our minds, and the blood still oozing from his wounds ?
when the theft of trillions 'classified' is still fresh in our minds ?
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+5 #3 sula 2020-05-10 20:00
You are tired and the country is tired of 'thieves' including those who steal under the guise of 'classified'
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+12 #4 kirya 2020-05-10 20:50
Uganda has been on a lock down for 35 years. It will be nice for the self imposed leader to step down and unlock the country from his dictatorship.
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0 #5 Nalongo Mutiima 2020-05-11 08:14
The lockdown is meant to lock others out as the thieves are carrying out normal business, constructions and sharing Covid cash.

By the time time the wretched of the earth come out from the lockdown, they will be amazed.
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0 #6 Kabayekka 2020-05-11 09:40
Unfortunately the bible says it clearly that He did not come on earth for the Godly people.

He came for the sinners! What of those religious elites, God advised to be Godly by going home and sell all their wealth? And then to follow Him! Mixing God and Setani do not bond well.
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0 #7 Kalibbala 2020-05-11 14:47
On corrupt officials in his government, Museveni said; "I'm really tired of thieves and greedy people. I will be coming to you [clergy] and say show me your Godly people...The one's you can stand surety. We can really move if we have clean people."..Fish Decays from the Head..The Only Almighty God in Uganda is Himself and his Beliefs!!

Zaake was battered and Forced to pledge allegiance to Him, His Wife and First Son..it was Also repeated by the Tormentors that Uganda is Owned by Him..Today LDU (Interahamwe) have Orders to Kill anybody simply Because God presides in State House..Safe Houses are Filled up With Rotting Ugandans!!..

Reminder..Hitler of Germany thought he was God..but when Time run out of him, He shot Himself....The World is Watching..
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0 #8 Lysol 2020-05-11 23:28
Museveni over-reacted by blindly doing a copycat of other countries.

Of course the weak economy will completely collapse with the continuous lockup. Uganda has no plan B for its own servival, financially and politically.
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