President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as commander in chief has ordered IGP Martin Okoth Ochola and his counterparts to arrest any politician or government official who directly or indirectly facilitates political campaign gatherings or big rallies which violates the COVID19 guidelines.
Police has also been instructed to enforce other existing guidelines such as curfew time for boda bodas, private and public transport and others.
The ICT minister Judith Nabakooba told us on Friday, the president met with the National Task Force team and instructed them to review the possibility of a phased reopening of schools starting with candidate classes and clinical medical students.
The Task force has also been tasked to review the status of other remaining sectors such as churches, mobile markets, the tourism sector and the airport.
Nabakooba says the review will also include the status of the entertainment industry such as bars, cinemas, nightclubs and sports events.The Task force will provide a report to His Excellency on these issues by early next week. He will then address the nation on the next steps.
Nabakooba also recongnised some of the good community innovations that have started to emerge with regard to preventing COVID-19.
“We have seen Boda Boda leaders, Taxi operators coming out to support the police in enforcing the agreed upon guidelines.As a result there has been some improvement with passengers being more responsive to the guidelines.”she said.
“I want to call upon all other sectors such as Markets, Arcades, individuals at the grass root and family level to embrace the system of community policing.Reach out to your neighbor all the time and ensure that they are following the recommended guidelines such as wearing the mask when going out in public, washing hands with soap always and social distancing.”she added.
The minister also noted that in just one week alone,the situation is Kampala continuing to escalate.
“Almost all major Banks, Media Houses and other entities have all reported cases at some of their branches and offices.I want to commend all those offices that have organized tests for their staff. All others that have not yet are also encouraged to do so as well.” She said.
Nabakooba also clarified on COVID19 testing at Mulago hospital.
“When it comes to Mulago Hospital, I have seen some wrong information that the Hospital has been closed to the public when it comes to treating and taking COVID-19 samples.I want to assure the public that Mulago Hospital is still open to everyone and for all diseases. The rumor that it has been designated for VIPs only is not true.”she pointed out.
“I therefore want to appeal to anyone or any institution that thinks they have had contact with COVID-19; please continue going to Mulago for assistance and other government hospitals as well.”Nabakooka said adding that incase of any changes with Mulago Hospital, an official communication by Ministry of Health and Mulago hospital will be made.