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Uganda's COVID cases rise to 1,025 as 'Mama corona' flouts own guidelines

Minister Jane Ruth Aceng (in yellow dress) interacting with locals in Lira

Minister Jane Ruth Aceng (in yellow dress) interacting with locals in Lira

The number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 1,025 after 12 new cases were recorded from the 2,292 samples tested on Saturday.

Seven cases are from cross border truck drivers that were picked different points of entry including Malaba, Mirama Hills and Elegu. Five other cases were from contacts in Tororo, Lira and Chanika.

Additionally, 17 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for the disease at points of entry were denied entry into the country.

'Mama corona' flouts own guidelines

The minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has come under severe criticism for failing to adhere to the very coronavirus preventive measures released by her own ministry. But despite the criticism, Aceng is urging Ugandans to adhere to the set COVID-19 preventive guidelines by wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing whenever in public. 

"I continue to appeal to you all to wear your masks, maintain social distance and wash your hands with soap regularly to prevent COVID-19, Aceng said.

Pictures emerged on social media showing the Health minister interacting with a crowd in Lira where she has declared intentions to stand as the area Woman MP minus wearing a face mask and without observing any social distancing guidelines.

Government, on the recommendation of the ministry of Health, banned political campaigns, claiming that they would lead to a spike in coronavirus cases in the country. In fact, this week, Kira Municipality MP Ssemujju Nganda who was interacting with his constituents, all wearing face masks were arrested by the police for allegedly flouting coronavirus preventive measures.  

Aceng denies holding a political rally and says she was rather sensitising the area locals on how to use face masks and how they can be worn. 

"They [crowd] got excited when they heard about face masks, and specifically the minister for Health whom they call ‘mama corona’ and rushed to see me. They were difficult to control as seen in the picture as many wanted to take pictures and also get masks from me," reads part of the statement.

"As the minister who is at the helm of the corona response and an aspiring Woman MP of Lira district, I am cognizant of the rules and guidelines that we as the government have put in place," Aceng said.

The minister for Information and Communication Technology Judith Nabakooba said it "was wrong" for the Health minister to interact with the crowd without wearing a face mask and without observing social distancing guidelines, but urged Ugandans to follow all ministry of Health coronavirus preventive guidelines. 

 

As of today, 972 people including both Ugandans and foreigners have been discharged from different treatment centres in the country.

Comments

+3 #1 Rm 2020-07-12 23:20
NRA ministers & supporters lie so much that they without shame flout their own rules infront of cameras and go ahead to flat out try to defend their evil ways.

Shamelessly teaching your own kids how to be liars. As well as with the police practice double standards arresting opposition clearly wearing masks but leave this minister and her "supporters" to run around naked
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+2 #2 Lakwena 2020-07-13 08:54
In other words, the Covid fame (popularity) has entered Ruth Aceng's head, so much so that she has started imagining things (power).

In Greek "mask" is "persona", which means fake. Ostensibly Aceng in her pursuit for political power she has now goofed and rendered herself
persona non gratta.
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+1 #3 Webs 2020-07-13 09:48
If it were Hon. Francis Zake he would be beaten to death by police. What double standards by our selfish leaders!
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+3 #4 Wooden K. 2020-07-13 11:05
I I told you that Uganda has had a Covid-7 virus for 35 years. That one is tougher than this corona

Uganda did know that Dr. Ruth Aceng is infected by it until all cameras were zoomed on her
All of a sudden , she has started behaving like Fool Figure & Co.
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-1 #5 Musana 2020-07-13 14:20
Minister Ruth Aceng has literally wrongly implied that Covid19 is a hoax! If we had right leadership, she should have been fired outright.

As for Semujju-Nganda, he seems to be among those who don't know the difference between legitimate and illegitimate children. Can someone help interpret/translate the children categorization, please.
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-3 #6 Wainaichi 2020-07-13 14:47
President Donald Trump rarely wears face masks.Only few days ago he was photographed wearing protective mask.

When asked why he did not wear face mask Trump replied that he was taking hydrochloroquine as prevention against Corona virus.Sometimes when addressing audience ,people choose to speak without face mask.Free choice.
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+2 #7 Wooden K. 2020-07-13 18:06
Wainiaichi , you don`t get it , do you ?

This is not about some people choosing to speak without masks ; It is about Saint Ruth Aceng getting caught redhandedly lying and being a goddaman hypoctrite, both of which are symptomatic to Covid-7 infection.
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0 #8 Kalibbala 2020-07-13 21:52
In Uganda there is not ONE Single Covid19 Victim apart from of Course Tegu the Student who was Battered by Police-Interahamwe plus 1000 other Innocent Civilians Shot Dead by LDU.(interahamwe)..

These Notorious Robbers used the Pandemic to push their Goals Of Rigging Elections and Tormenting Ugandans.through..So far One Karemire .is Warning Anybody who dare Demonstrate after announcing the Results of The Rigged Elections to be Crushed!!

Which means The Almighty Bacweezi God from Butare is the Winner with 53%..Just Prepare for the Aftermath..Green Blood has to Flow..
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+1 #9 Lakwena 2020-07-14 08:31
Quoting Kalibbala:
In Uganda there is not ONE Single Covid19 Victim apart from of Course Tegu the Student who was Battered by Police-Interahamwe plus 1000 other Innocent Civilians Shot Dead by LDU.(interahamwe)..

These Notorious Robbers used the Pandemic to push their Goals Of Rigging Elections and Tormenting Ugandans.through..So far One Karemire .is Warning Anybody who dare Demonstrate after announcing the Results of The Rigged Elections to be Crushed!!

Which means The Almighty Bacweezi God from Butare is the Winner with 53%..Just Prepare for the Aftermath..Green Blood has to Flow..


Kalibala, be reminded that: because of their filthy lifestyle, the Bacweezi were wiped out by an Anthrax Pandemic..
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