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Museveni clarifies on new lockdown directives

A security guard on duty outside a locked shops in Kampala

A security guard on duty outside a locked shops in Kampala

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has clarified on his earlier guidelines regarding lifting the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions.

In his address yesterday, the president left the country confused as many people did not understand his latest directives. For example, he allowed shops that sell non-food items and private cars to resume operations but did not say whether they should also wait for the distribution of government face masks like public vehicles.  

He also said that everybody from the age of six years should put on a face mask, but did not say whether all these masks should be government-provided or people are free to buy their own masks.

However speaking this evening at the State House Nakasero, Museveni said all those entities allowed to resume operations should do so after one week for hotels, restaurant, shops and private cars, and two weeks for public vehicles.  

“For the other measures…let them start on May 26 so that we use this one week to prepare. The big measure of safety is putting on the mask, let us use this one week to explain this,” said Museveni. 

He added that those who can get masks for themselves are free to do so provided they are of the right quality certified by the ministry of Health. “The mask should be put on all the time when you are in public,” said Museveni.    

For public transport, Museveni said it should open only in 95 districts excluding the 40 at the borders on June 4.

“In border districts, we shall not allow private or public transport because you are on the frontline. You can help or destroy us. You cannot protect us when there is this confusion of vehicles. They will not be allowed until we see how things work here in the centre,” added Museveni. 

He added that this time should be used by the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda who is the head of the COVID-19 National Taskforce to discuss with transporters on how the sector is going to run before it’s opened up. 

For education institutions, the president said primary and secondary candidates, as well as finalists in universities and tertiary institutions, will be allowed to resume school after the ministry of Education uses the next two weeks to agree on a plan that will be followed.  

“When it comes to children in border districts, if they are local, they will walk to the school but if there are those who may be going to other areas, the ministry will work out a plan to move from the border districts,” said Museveni.

Today’s address which took almost half an hour has been Museveni’s shortest of his 15 speeches to the country during this time. 


+1 #1 Mama Mia 2020-05-20 02:44
The president is finally getting a grip of this phase but it still leaves a lot to be desired.

I also felt embarrassed as a supporter of the president when ministers spent the whole day naively trying to explain or interpret the president's directives.

The reason for this latest lockdown extension was because Gov't has to distribute masks to everyone above the age of 6 to make sure those who can't afford them, are also able to go out. Simple!!!

Then the usual ignorant piglet aka Bobi Swine threw himself into the mix without facts to try and remain relevant. Sad!!!
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0 #2 Wainanchi 2020-05-20 12:45
@ Mama Mia! Agreed.Thank you brother !! Ugansa loves the Good Man Mzee Museveni who spares no effort and energy to protect each and everyone in Uganda.

Thank you for having nice words for our noble leader.
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