President Museveni vows to control coronavirus outbreak during his address at the Tarehe Sita anniversary celebrations
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the commander in chief of the armed forces during his address at the Tarehe Sita anniversary celebrations in Butalangu in Nakaseke District downplayed the coronavirus outbreak saying the government will put measures in place to defeat the deadly virus.
President Museveni urged Ugandans not to worry about the Coronavirus outbreak that originated in China, saying the Ministry of Health will soon put measures to combat the virus.
“But I think it’s (coronavirus) not serious! It’s not as serious as AIDS. The Ministry of Health will announce how to handle it,” Museveni said.Tweet
He said government attention has been drawn to the locusts that have ravaged neighbouring Kenya and expected to cross over to Uganda.
“We are going to send aircraft with sprayers to base themselves in Moroto to be ready to intervene if the locusts enter Uganda from Kenya.Tweet
He arrived at noon accompanied by the first lady, Janet Kataha Museveni and among the guests included the former Vice President, Prof Gilbert Bukenya and Former Prime Minister, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi.
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) anniversary celebrations were held under the theme: consolidating UPDF partnership with the people to guard the gained liberation on Thursday 6th, February 2020.
Speaking about the UPDF event, President Museveni urged UPDF to protect the many achievements they have attained against what he called contamination.
“I am glad we have finally succeeded in building the Army from the people and for the people. However, as usual, when you put milk in the container and you leave it there, flies can contaminate it if not well covered. If a fly falls in the milk, you cannot take it. Therefore, UPDTweet
“While the Army has brought about peace, it must now seek to be an agent of social transformation that would entail encouraging the civilians to participate in commercial agriculture as opposed to subsistence farming. The theme for this years’ Tarehe Sita celebrations is a good oTweet
In his further remarks, President Museveni urged people with large pieces of land to shift from subsistence farming to commercial farming to secure food and income generation for their families.
“The campaign must be about food security and remove people out of poverty. We must also add factories that can help process agricultural products and then add services, ICT,” Museveni said.Tweet
Museveni reasoned that Africans have remained poor because they still hold onto negative traditions that have kept them in poverty.
“Many Africans are poor because they stick to traditions including the negative traditions. Positive tradition is alright. To the leaders of NRM, do not coexist where there’s that culture of working for only the stomach,” Museveni said.Tweet
“The biggest enemy we have are people who have land but are only working for the stomach. The campaign should be working for food security and money,” Museveni added.Tweet
UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi in his remarks said it’s now important for the UPDF to foster harmony between the forces and the people.
“Its significance was historical with the population relation and as we commemorate this day, we are urged to jealously guard our national achievements this far. Sovereignty and respect among nations,” Muhoozi said.Tweet