I am not to blame in case of any COVID-19 deaths in Uganda – Museveni warns Ugandans to stop being reckless on health matters.
President Museveni has stressed that he together with his government should not be blamed for any COVID-19 related deaths in Uganda because they have played their part well.
The president says he cannot continue begging Ugandans to live and protect themselves against the virus because the government and health experts have done enough to sensitize the public about the prevention measures.
The virus has so far infected 679 Ugandans according to the ministry of health.
“We cannot go on begging people to live that we call the police to enforce the COVID-19 preventive measures. Call the police for what all of us should enforce this on ourselves without having to bother the police,” Museveni said.
“They say after all nobody has died so they are not bothered. If you are looking for someone to die, you will get him and when you start dying don’t say Museveni did not tell us.
Museveni says that the truck drivers are being controlled at the points of entry. The president adds that there are those affected in population mainly from Rakai, Elegu and Amuria. This means that the local population is not following the measures and the local leaders are not vigilant enough.
The president cautioned Ugandans to be serious and defeat the small but serious enemy. He added that the virus does not move but it’s transported by people from one location to another.
While addressing MPs during the budget reading Museveni said had it not been the emergencies the government has faced in the last six months caused by the COVID-19 virus, the rate of economic growth would be at least 6 % per annum.
The economy is expected to grow 3.1 per cent before the end of the financial year on June 30th slower than the average growth rate 5.4 per cent in the last 4 years and this is because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This budget emphasizes COVID-19. We have managed to survive with the little we have here; we have managed to move on without the outside world. We have been on our own and because of that we are going to be tough on import substitution,” the president said.
Security was allocated 4.4 trillion of the total national budget of shs 45 trillion for the financial year2020/2021 the president said that Uganda is stable.
“And nothing can disturb us here. We have been building a lot of capacity in security, people thought would destabilize us but they just woke us up. Nobody can disturb our peace,” the president added.
About the corruption in the government, Museveni said that he started cleaning the government.
“There has been a lot of corruption in URA. That one I have cleaned that crowd of the corrupt. Those young people who were allowed to serve their country but they were instead doing their things. We begged them to stop but were behaving like they are doing us a favour. We shall come for whoever is corrupt,” the president added.