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COVID-19: Museveni closes schools, bans inter-district travel

President Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has today Sunday announced the closure of schools for at least 42 days due to the increasing cases of coronavirus.

According to results released by the ministry of Health, nine new coronavirus deaths and 1,259 new cases were recorded out of 7,289 samples tested on June 4. The cumulative confirmed cases in the country now stand at 52,935 and 383 deaths.

In his televised address, Museveni said the current coronavirus situation warrants 40 new measures which include the closure of all schools for 42 days, ban of communal prayers, and public gatherings/workshops for 42 days.

Museveni said for now the only meetings permitted are those of cabinet, parliament, and judiciary. Attendees of weddings and burials have been trimmed from 200 to 20 people. Likewise, house parties, weekly, and cattle markets have also been banned for the next 42 days.

Whereas saloons, lodges, supermarkets have been permitted to continue operating, Museveni said these will have to close at 7 pm and if they don't adhere to the guidelines within a week, they will be ordered to close. Unlike previously, Museveni said this time, managers of the spaces, venues and offices that flout the coronavirus standard operating procedures will be personally held liable. 

Inter-district travel beyond Wakiso, Mukono, and Kampala has also been banned for 14 days, with private vehicles limited to just 3 people including the driver. Public transport has been temporarily allowed to continue operating.

Teachers who have not vaccinated will not be allowed back in schools, Museveni said. The president said to avoid overcrowding prisons, flouters of the coronavirus standard operating procedures will be fined instead of being arrested.

KATUMBA MADE MISTAKES

On the recent failed assassination attempt on former chief of defense forces (CDF) Gen Katumba Wamala, Museveni said Katumba made personal mistakes which included rejecting a lead car which would have made it harder for the assailants to attack him the way they did.

Katumba's daughter Brenda Wamala Nantongo and driver Hassan Kayondo were killed in the attack which was a carbon copy of previous attacks that claimed the lives of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, former Buyende district police commander Muhammad Kirumira, former state prosecutor Joan Kagezi, former Arua MP Ibrahim Abiriga among others. 

However, Museveni said despite what the media was reporting that the country is under tension, security is on top of the situation and very soon Katumba's attackers will be arrested. 

Museveni also said traffic officers are now going to be armed or paired with someone armed because a traffic officer saw Katumba's attackers but could not do anything since he was not armed. 

Comments

+1 #1 Mbeho Achuc 2021-06-07 00:17
Your Excellence Mr.President, we have no objection to the new measures because they will ultimately save many lives .... However, please fast track your decision to procure the Johnson and Johnson vaccine since the AstraZeneca dozes remaining may be use for the second and last doze for those who were given the first jab...

Whoever refuses to abide by the SOPs will meet their deaths as fools!!!

Some fools actually have been refusing to wear masks and laughing or even avoiding those wearing masks!!! Very bizarre Ugandans indeed...
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+1 #2 Rwatoro 2021-06-07 06:16
M7 is trying to show the IMF that Uganda a pandemic State and requires immediate financial assistance to combat COVID-19. He’s very frustrated with how the country is going to run without money.

That is why he has taken long to come up with a list of Ministers to run the country. The last time when Covid-19 has started, the numbers in Uganda had gone high but all of a sudden, it disappeared.

This time when he gets the money, he will remove the lockdown. That is M7 with his old methods in the Bush. Soon he will let the soldiers look for their own survival, start attacking people to demand money from them. This is going to come soon if the donors refuse completely to support his government.
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+3 #3 Lakwena 2021-06-07 08:08
In other words, except Dr. Atwine, without a cabinet to consult the Ugandan dictator is now ruling by decree.
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0 #4 Webz 2021-06-07 10:40
I think the decision and action as far as the coronavirus is concerned is too sweeping.

Countries that report the daily infection in tens of thousands have their economies running normally, and children going to school.

Here we have the numbers slightly above 1,000 in a week and the running of the economy is halted. Is this action by the president appropriate? SOPs could have been enhanced in addition to vaccination and then kept the economy on its foot. All this may be laughable in some quarters.
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0 #5 M!K! 2021-06-08 02:20
On Corona Virus, President Museveni has been right for most part (except when he held those superspreader events - Kyankwanzi, Kololo, State House and places in between).

Lockdowns are painful and a very difficult decision for political leaders like Mr. Museveni. In the absence of widespread vaccinations, a lockdown is the only tool available tool for a poor country like Uganda which must act to safeguard their scant healthcare infrastructure from total collapse.

Corona virus is very contagious and overwhelms health care infrastructures. Numbers over 1000 cases per day are a big deal especially if they start doubling or even tripling daily. And this is the current trend in Uganda.

The country may be headed for troubled times unless the vaccinations rump up faster than infection rates. For now, Ugandans should follow the SOPs on top of following the advice of the experts.
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