Museveni said that stopping these cargo trucks from moving is suicidal and not necessary at this time
President Museveni has once again insisted that it will be very suicidal to ban movement of cargo trucks in Uganda arguing that it would hinder production.
While addressing the nation on Tuesday, 28, Museveni said that stopping these trucks from moving is not necessary at this time because other cheap options like railway transport are not very effective in neighbouring countries such as Congo.
Museveni explained that stopping them would also prevent many factories including those dealing in coffee, cotton, tea, cotton, milk, cement from exporting and transporting their goods to the markets.
As a result, this will leave many Ugandans with nothing to eat because the food supply will have been reduced.
He said that many Ugandans more so those suggesting the cargo truck drivers be stopped are not thinking beyond but coming to immediate conclusions as a result of the Virus.
“Until the train is fully operational, I appeal to Ugandans to swallow your anger and employ amagezi [wisdom]. Stopping cargo is [not only] suicidal but also unnecessary,” President Museveni said.
“I say it is suicidal because, if we stop cargo, how will our coffee (and cotton, tea, cotton, milk, cement from the factories and food) move?” he questioned.
The President rather suggested that the best solution would be to ensure that each cargo truck has only one occupant who in this case will be the driver alone as opposed to the initial three.
Museveni said that this driver is required to practice mobile quarantine and avoid mixing with the local people especially the s*x workers (prostitutes).
Also, he implied that all those drivers shall be required to sleep in their particular trucks as the police and security personnel supervise and monitor their movements.
“Pointing to the revised directive, all long-distance trucks must have only one occupant – the driver – as opposed to the initial three,” Museveni said.
He added; “Those drivers can have mobile quarantine by this I mean they can be controlled while on the move.”
Furthermore, Museveni added that he has spoken to Presidents in neighbouring countries including Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania on the issue of these truck drivers.
He said that he agreed particularly with President Kenyatta and Kagame to have health ministers for all the above-mentioned states come together and develop a common plan for the truck drivers.