The minister of ICT and National guidance Hon Judith Nabakooba has warned against politicians who have taken on campaign trails through addressing crowds and holding processions while violating the Covid19 guidelines putting the people’s lives at risk.
” I would like to inform all candidates and the general public that it is not yet time for campaigning. The Electoral Commission is currently working on a campaign road map that will act as a guide for all candidates.” She said.
The minister says the campaign road map is expected to be released soon and
candidates are therefore advised to wait for guidance from Electoral Commission.
She adds that these elections are being guided by the existing COVID-19 guidelines which strictly outlaw any activity that brings together crowds.
“Most of the activities such as open public campaigns and processions are not acceptable. I therefore want to call upon all leaders to lead by example and
avoid situations that put people’s lives at risk.” Nabakooba said as she called upon the public to keep safe and be responsible citizens as we wait for the Electoral Commission to officially announce the campaign dates and program.
The ICT minister further called upon the people in the media Industry to look out for themselves after the health ministry registered over 50 journalists to have tested positive for COVID19.
“The Ministry of Health recently raised concern over the COVID-19 positivity rate among journalists. Information by the Ministry of Health reveals that over 50
journalists have so far tested positive for COVID-19.” She said.
“As frontline workers, journalists expose themselves everyday while carrying out their duties of searching for news. It is the responsibility of every journalist to ensure that they are well protected with a masks or any other protective wear while on
duty.” Nabakooba added.
The minister further called upon all media houses, to abide by the regulations issued by Uganda Communications Communication and ensure that all
your employees remain protected.