While commissioning of Mubende-Kakumiro-Kibaale-Kagadi road, Museveni said, I told you COVID-19 was real but you thought it was politics’’.
Following increasing deaths from COVID-19, President Yoweri Museveni has come to remind Ugandans that he warned them about the occurrences earlier enough but they neglected his advice.
Museveni made the remarks at the commissioning of Mubende-Kakumiro-Kibaale-Kagadi road (107km).
The road will link people to markets; markets to other markets, handle transport hurdles, and (If used well) improve standards of living.
Museveni said that days after the first case was registered in the country, he reserved enough time to sensitize everyone about the virus but many thought it was politics and now the evidence is clear.
The President said that many citizens including influential persons have now succumbed to the virus because they thought it was a joke.
“I warned you about Coronavirus but others accused me of interfering with their peace. Now see we have lost five MPs including Kivejinja and our good sheikh Muzaata,” Museveni said.
“I have always been on radios pleading to Ugandans not to die of Coronavirus. They thought it was for jokes.”
This comes at a time when hospitals countrywide are already overwhelmed by the increasing coronavirus cases. The health ministry Monday announced 197 new cases from COVID-19 tests done on 20 December 2020.
This pushed the cumulative confirmed cases in Uganda to 31,384. Of these, 10, 549 have since recovered from the virus while 238 have succumbed to it after the Ministry recorded seven more deaths.
Museveni however, urged Ugandans to obey the guidelines in place to curb the further spread of the virus as they await the country to purchase a vaccine.
“I now repeat the call that don’t die of Coronavirus because we are soon getting the vaccine. Protect yourselves.”
Meanwhile, on the same day, he held his scientific campaigns in districts of Mubende, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga, Kasanda and Mityana.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party presidential candidate met with the NRM party district leaders of these regions. He urged them to desist from divisive politics.
Museveni said that politics is what drives any country forward and if it is mishandled it can put any country in danger.
“You should desist from divisive politics and focus on helping solve the needs of the people. Politics is not a game or a joke, if handled badly, it can put the nation in danger,” Museveni noted.
“This country was in turmoil because politicians were focusing on the politics of religion, tribe and gender chauvinism. The NRM has used wisdom to return peace and thrive Uganda’s economy. Therefore, support the NRM which is tried and tested,” he added.