Museveni said that the government has a target of vaccinating 22million people although the focus now is on the 4.8million priority population.
Museveni has lifted a ban on places of worship that has been in place since
June this year. In the same address, the president also directed that schools
be reopened starting with post-secondary institutions on November 1 and other
learning centres in January 2022.
worship, can now open under the following conditions; limit the number of
worshipers to not more than 200 provided there is two meters of social
distance, strict adherence to SOPs at all times, having temperature monitors
and consistent wearing of masks by all congregants and no congregation for
worship after curfew hours,” Museveni said.
Museveni said he was aware that Covid-19 is not very lethal among children but
majority of the schools in Uganda are day schools which poses a risk to adults
with whom the children live. He said therefore, it’s very crucial that before
schools reopen, the country must first vaccinate 4.8million people in the
vulnerable category including teachers support stuff and all leaners above the
age of 18.
schools were boarding and we vaccinate teachers and other workers, we could
open knowing that students would survive. But they are going to wipe out all
their parents and grandparents. We will end up with children headed homestead
like it was when AIDS killed all the parents. But AIDS would kill only the
sexually active; so you would find a home with children and old people. This
time there will only be children. Why would anyone suggest we take this risk, are
you serious?” Museveni wondered.
He said that
the government has a target of vaccinating 22million people although the focus
now is on the 4.8million priority population.
“Even if you
miss a year in education, we have mature intake even in normal times, how will
the dead person study either now or in the future? I can’t understand the
logic; dead people don’t do business, don’t study, but if you are alive you can
catch up,” Museveni said.
called upon teachers not to hide children that get sick when schools reopen.
Museveni, if this happens, he warned, such school administrators risk spending
time in jail.
“In the past
some teachers were hiding these diseases because they don’t want the school to
be closed, if we discover this, you will be in very serious trouble. We are
even amending the law to deal with anybody who hides sick children in schools.
Report, where we are going with vaccination, the closing of schools when we
have already opened will no longer be necessary,” Museveni said.
upon local government officials district administrators to mobilize people to
go and get vaccinated. He warned that any Resident District Commissioner, Chief
Administrative Officer and District Health Officer will be sacked if any dozes
of the Covid-19 vaccines are sent to his or her jurisdiction and they expire
before they are used.
direct with immediate effect, that all RDCs COAs, DHOs, must carry out
intensive mobilization for all illegible groups to go for vaccination and must
ensure that no vaccines expire. If any vaccines expire in your area, I will
dismiss you, we want to open up. Our strategy now is vaccination, let the
vaccines be used,” he said.
President also lifted a ban on weekly markets, save for those in hotspot
districts, such as Kampala, Soroti, Kalungu, Kabale Kumi, Tororo Nwoya, Gulu
and Yumbe. Casinos, gaming, gym, betting, can now also operate but close by
of people allowed to attend weddings, funerals and other social gatherings has
also been increased from 20 to 200 provided they follow SOPs. But for concerts,
discos cinema halls, performing artistes, beaches and bars, the ban on them
will be considered for lifting after vaccination of 4.8million people.
have also been maintained between 7pm and 5:30am. Meanwhile, the President has also
directed that police release all boda bodas which have been impounded for
violating curfew hours.
“I think as
people of religion sometimes it’s good to forgive, I think these young people
have already been punished as they have not been earning. I therefore, direct
that you release the piki piki and if you are a second offender we shall go for
you. But let us give amnesty to these boda bodas,” Museveni said.