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COVID-19 Control Measures Incomplete without Economic Relief - Opposition MPs

Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda says that the measures are likely to affect a sizeable number of Ugandans, whose livelihood is dependent on their daily income. He says that the category of Nationals needs to be supported to overcome the distress that is likely to come with the measures.
26 Mar 2020 17:29

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A cross-section of opposition leaders in Kampala has said that the measures, taken by president Yoweri Museveni to control the spread of Coronavirus disease – COVID-19, might Be counterproductive in the absence of economic relief to the most vulnerable groups. 

The measures include the ban on public transport, the closure of markets and shops dealing in non-food items, the closure of schools, and the call for people to stay home, as the country battles the deadliest virus that to mankind. The disease has killed more than 200,000 people across 195 countries, over the last two months. Uganda has registered 14 cases of the disease over the last five days. 

Museveni said that he was pushed to ban public transport because of the great danger that public transport poses in stopping the spread of the disease. 

But Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda says that the measures are likely to affect a sizeable number of Ugandans, whose livelihood is dependent on their daily income. He says that the category of Nationals needs to be supported to overcome the distress that is likely to come with the measures.  

“The moment you lockdown a country, you must make proposals of how the people you are asking to remain home are going to survive? It’s only Museveni who I have heard who is not making proposals on relief,” Ssemujju said.  He also doubted the government’s rationale of locking down the country when it has no coherent plan of dealing with the pandemic.   

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Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa equally welcomes the measures with reservations. He says that although the measures are welcome especially looking at devastating effects of COVID-19 across the world, in our case, the government is not addressing the economic interventions.   

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Joel Ssenyonnyi, the spokesperson of the People Power Movement, says that the government ought to treat this as a disaster and, provide relief to the most vulnerable. “Our economy is hand to mouth; the day people don’t work they don’t eat,” Ssenyonnyi said.

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Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze doubts the effectiveness of the interventions in the absence of concessions that would encourage people to stay home, without worries of how to survival, in the absence of a daily income. 

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Nakawa Division MP Michael Kabaziguruka equally says that there should be a deliberate effort to help the people during such hard times.   

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