Museveni has urged Ugandans to maintain discipline and abide by all the COVID-19 guidelines until five or seven million people have been vaccinated.
President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has urged Ugandans to maintain discipline and observe all COVID-19 guidelines until at least five to seven million people have received the vaccine.
“Have you seen what is happening in India? Ugandans I appeal to you to maintain the statusquo until we have immunised a minimum number of five million.”
“To be on the safe side let’s immunise a minimum of five or seven million then we can open up curfew,” Museveni made the remarks during the International Labour Day Celebrations at the Statehouse in Entebbe.
He said Uganda is facing a challenge with exporting more vaccines because most vaccines were being got from India and now the country is struggling with rising deaths as a result of the pandemic.
Museveni however, mentioned that the government has spearheaded plans to acquire vaccines from other countries including Cuba in a bid to ensure that more numbers countrywide get access to the vaccine.
“We were getting the vaccine from India but they are now struggling. We shall get the J&J vaccine and also import another batch from Cuba. That’s our strategy,” Museveni said.
Meanwhile, in part of his labour day speech, the President also spoke about the growing concern of NSSF funds, UMEME fares and what strategic plans the government has devised to help drive the country to middle-income status.
On the issue of jobs, he said the government is in plans to establish more factories which will help to create more job opportunities for the local communities.
Museveni who was the first to pinpoint labour companies that are trekking people to other countries for jobs said the initiative is not good because it benefits other countries and not Uganda.
“You see so many Bangladeshis and Filipinos abroad but I have never seen South Korea exporting labour. It is about 2.4 times smaller than Uganda but with a bigger population but you don’t see them roaming around the world looking for jobs. What did they do?,” the president noted.
“For me I don’t believe in labor export. Countries which externalize labor are countries which have missed something. I have proof,” he added saying that Uganda has a pool of job yielding opportunities that only need polishing.
Museveni in particular urged all individuals to believe in the government’s theory of social-economic transformation. He said the theory aims at boosting among others the industrial parks and industries.
“I was looking at the figures of 1969 and the Ugandans working in the factories. Only about 30,000 something were working and now 700,000. This proves that if we get more factories we shall create more jobs,” Museveni explained.
“The jobs are there. They will only come in big numbers if we listen to NRM’s principle number 3 – social-economic transformation. We are going to create the jobs, the problem is the reluctance to take our advice which has worked.”