Addressing journalists at the 'People's Government' offices along Katonga Road on Thursday morning, Annet Namata commonly known as Nalongo Mwafrika, one of the activists, said that Atwine must also resign for exposing medical personnel to the virus when the Ministry failed to avail them Personal Protective Equipment yet it was available in National Medical Stores.
The Ministry of Health has dismissed calls by activists for the resignation pf Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine.
Ministry Spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyona says it is because of Dr. Atwine’s plausible performance that she was re-appointed by the President, and has described the the activists as attention seekers.
The Union of Human Rights Defenders Uganda on Thursday called for the
resignation of the Health Diana Atwine for
alleged mismanagement of the COVID-19 situation in the country. According to
the activists, Atwine has failed to account for funds and items donated to the Ministry
during the first lockdown in her capacity as the accounting officer of her
Addressing journalists at the
People's Government offices along Katonga Road on Thursday morning, Annet
Namata commonly known as Nalongo Mwafrika, one of the activists, said that
Atwine must also resign for exposing medical personnel to the virus when the
Ministry failed to avail them Personal Protective Equipment yet these were available in stores of National Medical Stores.
Namata gave Dr. Atwine an ultimatum of 24 hours to resign or else they mobilise and
stage peaceful protests to express discontent and prompt the government to force
her resignation and pay more attention to the challenges facing Ugandans.
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activists also took on President Yoweri Museveni for re-appointing Atwine after
publicly criticizing her for defying his directives. Namata says that
Atwine's re-appointment is a clear indication of Museveni's reluctance to fight
Namata says that
the government has placed Ugandans under lockdown without a clear strategy
on how the country is going to survive. She pointed to several programs that
the government has attempted to conduct but performed poorly.
identified the food distribution in the first lock-down, during which many people missed food on top of the food being substandard.
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Arinitwe, another activist, said the lock-down has taken a huge toll on women
especially those who own small scale businesses and are no longer working. As
for girls, she says staying at home has exposed them to sexual harassment
especially defilement. Arinitwe wants the government to fast-track the
vaccination exercise and open the country for people to resume work and earn a
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Phiona Kabaiza, another activist, said locking the country is subjecting
Ugandans to suffering and the government should plan for mass vaccination and
open up the country. The Ministry of Health Spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyona has dismissed the
activists as attention seekers.
“They are lacking what to do and are
seeking popularity," Ainebyona said. "They are peddling baseless lies and rumours instead of
relying on facts. Let them write formerly and we give them facts, even the ICU beds they are
talking about are still being established."