Erias Lukwago, the city’s Lord Mayor, has criticized the government for imposing a lockdown, claiming it isn’t a sustainable solution for fighting the spread of the COVID-19.
Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has lashed out at the government’s latest decision to impose a lockdown saying that it is not a lasting solution to fighting the spread of the COVID-19.
Lukwago made the remarks while appearing on NBS TV’s Morning Breeze programme on Monday. He said despite the virus being a huge threat to people’s lives, the government should not always look at the lockdown as a lasting solution.
The Lord Mayor cited that last year in March following the outbreak of the virus, the lockdown meant everything for everyone because they did not know the nature of the virus but still some government officials turned it into a money-making venture.
“President Museveni himself when it was time for his campaigns and those to do with NRM, there was no talk of the virus but whenever the opposition campaigned they said they were spreading COVID-19,” Lukwago said.
“President Museveni is gradually taking us back to a total lockdown. I am sure they are working on that. It’s granted the situation is critical but initially, we messed up this process. The lockdown is not a permanent solution.”
In addition, he said the president’s speech was gambled and not well researched. Lukwago in particular quoted the president calling upon all those who experience any virus symptoms to seek medication from the hospital but noted that he was not selective on which facilities are accredited to host these patients.
The Lord Mayor further said the speech was not grounded in the law. He mentioned that all rulings have to be done within the parameters of the Constitution.
“It was a gambled-up speech, and eventually the focus turned to Nakyambadde and Kalungu. The whole thing turned into mockery. There are times when he talks tough. Museveni says when you feel symptoms of COVID-19, seek medication. But from where? These private facilities have not been accredited.”
“The oversight committees of Parliament should probe these processes and matters. The supplementary funds that were appropriated, why wasn’t equipment procured in time?,” the Lord Mayor mentioned.
Meanwhile, among other directives, President Museveni suspended communal prayers in churches and mosques and all schooling activities for the next 42 days.
Public and cultural gatherings were also suspended for the above days with the district to district travels also banned for the same duration with exemption left for cargo trucks, tourist vehicles, essential and emergency service vehicles.