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Museveni warns against mass gatherings, says COVID-19 is serious and dangerous. PHOTO/TWITTER

Museveni made the remarks while commissioning the state-of-the-art at Kasubi Market in Rubaga saying COVID-19 is serious and dangerous.

President Museveni has issued a strong warning to Ugandans who have taken it upon themselves to gather in big crowds that COVID-19 is still in existence and very dangerous.

The President made the remarks on Wednesday while commissioning the state-of-the-art at Kasubi Market in Rubaga Division, as well as inspecting construction works for Nakamiro and Lubigi channels respectively.

He said people more so those working in market centres should stop crowding because they pose a threat not only to themselves but also to the lives of others.

“It seems they have not understood that this virus (COVID-19) is serious and dangerous. I was forced to go and tell them that gathering is wrong at this particular time. Please avoid mass gathering,” Museveni said.

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The President also warned vendors who have taken always taken it upon themselves to operate from the roadsides that they will be arrested.

He said government through the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has built many markets that these people should occupy.

“Now that we have the markets, let us leave the roadsides. Let us leave the roads for vehicles and other road users,” Museveni said.

“There should never be food vending on the roadside. We want vehicles to be on the road and pedestrians on the walkways.”

Museveni further said that the Kasubi market constitution was a fulfilment of a pledge made by the government to modernize markets, roads and drainage channels including other infrastructure developments around Kampala.

According to Museveni, the shs1.66 billion facilities where Kasubi market now sits will serve up to 800 vendors working in different shifts.

On the part of roads, the President said that the Nakamiro drainage channel is 3.28 kilometres long and works will cost Shs20.2 billion while the 2.5km-long Lubigi channel works will cost Shs62.6 billion.

Museveni mentioned that most of the road constructions have been funded by the World Bank and are expected to be completed in 12 months.

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He, however, warned corrupt officials who have in recent years channelled money aimed for developing parts of the city to doing other things for their gains.

“Things are moving on well apart from a few mistakes. When we work on corruption people will enjoy living in the city. The enforcers are corrupt; they are taking money from people and beating them. This must stop!”