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M7 Finally Locks Down the Nation, Suspends Private Means

In a bid to curb the spread of Corona Virus in Uganda, President Museveni has come up with more guidelines like setting curfew throughout Uganda to start at 7pm and prohibiting all people to people movement by everybody including those using their private vehicles, bodabodas, tuk-tuks for a period of 14 days.

He says that this is because some private car owners have turned their cars into taxis even without licenses.

Museveni has also suspended the opening of concentrated areas like shopping malls, arcades, hardware shops, saloons, lodges and garages which gather alot of people to sell and buy non-food items for 14 days starting with the 1st of April, 2020.

He urged the Ministry of Health to work out SOPs for food stores, established food markets, Super-markets, stores selling agricultural products, veterinary products, detergents and pharmaceuticals which shall remain remain open.

Employers at factories and construction sites have been ordered to arrange for the crucial employees to camp around the factory area for the 14 days. If they cannot do that, they let them suspend production for 14 days.

The essential services like the medical, veterinary, telephones, door-to-door delivery, Banks, Private Security companies, cleaning services, garbage collection, fire-brigade, petrol stations, water departments and some KCCA staff shall also continue to operate. On account that employees encamp near the work place for 14 days , or else get a special exemption from the RDC with the concurrence of the District Medical Officer.

In order to deal with some unavoidable health issues like mothers in child birth or very sick people, permission can be sought from the RDC to use private transport to take such a person to hospital. Additionally, government vehicles that do not belong to UPDF, Police, Prisons or UWA, will be pooled and deployed at the District Health Offices, including the divisions of Kampala, with their drivers, staying in tented compounds, ready to help in those health emergencies. Those vehicles will be under the command of the District Medical Officer.

Museveni noticed that, some sectors of the economy are suffering, such as the tourism industry, the entertainment industry, the transport industry, etc. But he urged Ugandans that “new opportunities are emerging in this misfortune. You have seen how the demand for sanitizers, face masks, bicycles, etc., has stimulated new industrial opportunities.”

He also said the government is going to discuss with Banks, electricity companies and water companies in connection with the loans and bills, many people have with these units. “It is not correct to disconnect water or electricity on account of non-payment during this time of shutdown or to seize properties on account of the non-payment of loans.”

Museveni  noted that some people have been put out of work therefore the Government, after properly identifying these people shall distribute food to them in the form of maize flour, beans, powder milk, sugar, salt, etc.

He directed the Police to arrest the opportunistic and irresponsible politicians who try to distribute food for cheap popularity. “Those are very dangerous to the health of the people. When you try to distribute food or money in such a situation, people gather around you. Many people can be infected in that process. You will, therefore, have caused the sickness or death of those people. Anybody involved in that effort will be arrested and charged with attempted murder.”

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