While many claims that the curfew between 9 pm and 5:30 am is useless, President Yoweri Museveni has made it clear that it will remain in place.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has made it clear that the 9 pm to 5:30 am curfew will remain intact despite claims of it being useless.
Museveni made the remarks during his address to the nation on Friday at Kyankwanzi. He said although the country has done a tremendous job in fighting the spread of the COVID-19, it is not in the right sense to relax necessary guidelines.
President-elect Museveni noted that the curfew, like all the other standard operating procedures, is still even very effective in curbing the spread of Coronavirus.
“We set the curfew literally to limit people from congesting in trading centres and also to deter businesses like bars, and clubs from operating,” Museveni said.
“Beaches and discos and other things like concerts. These sectors many of which are connected to drunkards will remain closed until at least we have vaccinated.”
Earlier this week, a big population of Muslims came out to suggest the review of the curfew time to allow them to attend their mosque prayers that go beyond 9 pm during the holy month of Ramathan.
However, speaking about this suggestion, Museveni explained that much as it is good to congregate and pray, they (Muslims) should pray from their homes and houses to avoid congesting.
“Our strong advice, of course, the Muslims can pray in the night but not congregate. You can pray in your house and the mosque as long as the numbers are within the advised by the Ministry of Health,” Museveni explained.
“For the Ramathan, my appeal is that please, I am also a Godly person and I remember what we learnt in catechism that God is in all places. Nobody should put our people at risk in name of praying. That is not religious.”
The president, however, urged the general public to remain patient and not rush to relax the guidelines because the coronavirus is still existing and the world is yet to get a recognised cure for it.
“When we advise you to please maintain the measures, it is because it is so far the only effective way. Much as cases seem to have fallen to manageable levels, it doesn’t mean covid-19 is no more. It is important we maintain some of the measures,” the president added.
“We have covered more than 12 months and survived. We have covered elections, exams and all things that were supposed to be done have been done successfully, Let’s not make any mistakes.”