The President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has instructed the National Task Force team on COVID19 to review the possibility of a phased reopening of schools starting with candidate classes and clinical medical students.
According to the Minister of Information and National Guidance Nabakooba Judith, “the Task force has also been tasked to review the status of other remaining sectors such as churches, weekly markets, the tourism sector and Entebbe international airport.”
The review will also include the status of the entertainment industry such as bars, cinemas, nightclubs and sports events, Minister Nabakooba added.
She said the team will present a report to the President on these issues by early next week. And then, she said he will address the nation on the next steps forward.
On Saturday during the national prayers at Nakasero, President Museveni revealed he would on Tuesday (next week) meet the National Covid-19 taskforce to decide on the fate of schools, places of worship and other businesses that are still under lockdown.
“We are discussing. We are going to look at the issue of the schools, churches and bars and what we can do. We have realized that the numbers can be managed if people are disciplined. Things can be done but the problem is the discipline,” Museveni said.
Pastor Joseph Sserwadda, the leader of Born-Again churches Association had earlier intimated to thePresident that churches were ready to open and follow the guidelines.
“We have been meeting different born again leaders and they are ready to open and follow the set SOPs. It is time for the lockdown to be lifted,” Sserwadda said.
President Museveni however asked Ugandans to adhere to all SOPs. “Majority of our people listened but some of the minority did not listen and that is why we are having these cases.
Kampala is the richest in corona because they don’t listen. They don’t put on masks, they don’t social distance, they don’t believe that corona is there. Out of all the 29 deaths, 20 are from Kampala because they don’t listen,” President Museveni said.