Museveni’s address to the nation comes at a time when Ugandans in recent weeks have shown frustration towards the endless lockdown.
President Museveni will on Tuesday 21st address the nation on the country’s next course of action in fighting the deadly coronavirus.
According to the President’s Senior Press Secretary, Don Wanyama, the address will be aired live on all local television and radio stations at 8 pm.
Among other things, the President will be expected to talk about the businesses and activities that are still yet to resume normal operations including the boda bodas, arcades, sports betting centres, saloons and gyms as well as the schools.
Museveni’s address to the nation comes at a time when many Ugandans in recent weeks have displayed their frustration towards the endless lockdown that has left them struggling even hard to feed their families.
While flagging off up to 25 vehicles donated to support the COVID-19 Response Team, the President called for calmness among Ugandans despite all the pains and struggles they have been going through during these recent months of lockdown.
Uganda has been under lockdown for close to four months now. Many people have lost their jobs in the process and several businesses have also been shuttered. Perhaps, most of the few surviving jobs have also been hit terribly including the restaurants and hotels.
A large majority of Ugandans including politicians and legislators have in recent weeks demonstrated towards the government’s directive arguing that the lockdown should be lifted and have people resort to their normal businesses to be in a position to the feed themselves and their families.
However, Museveni at the flag-off ceremony advised Ugandans to remain cautious about the existence of the coronavirus because it is a new disease and if not taken seriously it can pose a threat to life.
“This disease is one of the biggest challenges to the human race. We have not had this kind of problem before,” Museveni said before issuing a warning to all those neglecting the necessary SOPs as provided by the health ministry.
“People who are joking with the disease are playing with fire. Over 13 million people have been infected and half a million people have died globally, so this is not a joke,” Museveni warned.
“This disease is not a joke, apparently it can attack you again. I thank those who take the disease seriously and avoiding to endanger those around them.”
Meanwhile, he commended all those Ugandans who have been very compliant to the directives since the lockdown started.
“I want to congratulate Ugandans for listening to our message and doing what we advised them to minimize the infections and save the few infected.”