“Colleagues, as advised by the relevant health officials against meetings, PPU will relay the President’s address live. There will be no access to any other media to State House Entebbe-SHE. We shall be sharing with you the link and content for your use. #StaySafe,” she said.
President Yoweri Museveni
House has cancelled the accreditation of Journalists for the presidential address
on the corona virus scheduled for Wednesday at State House Entebbe.
morning, the president’s Deputy Press Secretary, Linda Wamboka Nabusayi invited media houses to
send names of their reporters for accreditation to the cover President, Yoweri
Museveni’s address on the
Corona Virus Updates.
“HE the President will address the Nation tomorrow
Wednesday March 18, 2020 at 2pm on the Corona Virus Updates at SHE. Please send
names of journalists through Editors. Also indicate if you are going to do live
coverage/Use phone etc. Deadline is 6pm
today,” read the message.
Nabusayi sent another message indicating that to avoid overcrowding only live
coverage teams would be accredited. “Please NOTE that as a measure to
protect against COVID19 by avoid crowding, we shall be accrediting only teams
doing live coverage. TV stations will share links for reporters/Social
Media/some radios to follow from respective Newsrooms. We shall post final list
here for your attention,” read the message.
A few minutes later, Nabusayi returned with another message indicating that
they had been advised against the meeting by relevant health officials. “Colleagues,
as advised by the relevant health officials against meetings, PPU will relay
the President’s address live. There will be no access to any other media to
State House Entebbe-SHE. We shall be sharing with you the link and content for
your use. #StaySafe,” she said.
Usually dozens of journalists
are accredited to cover State House events, but
the number varies depending on the need and event at hand. Although Uganda
hasn’t registered any case of corona virus, the country is on high alert given
the fact that Uganda’s neighbors Kenya and Rwanda have confirmed cases.
So far 184,000 people have tested positive for Corona virus globally while another 7000 have succumbed to the disease. Several celebrities
and renown personalities like Actors Tom Hanks, Eldris Elba and Sports Men
including Rudy Gobert of NBA have tested Positive.
The virus is transmitted
through contact with an infected person. The WHO has since advised people to
wash hand with soap or alcohol based sanitisers to prevent infection.