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What public wants to hear during presidential address

By Nelson Kiva

Added 19th July 2020 04:05 PM

The President's last address on COVID-19 was on June 8 at State House Nakasero. At the time Uganda’s COVID-19 positive cases stood at 774.

What public wants to hear during presidential address

President Yoweri Museveni is expected to deliver the 9th COVID-19 related address on Tuesday. (PPU / File photo

The President's last address on COVID-19 was on June 8 at State House Nakasero. At the time Uganda’s COVID-19 positive cases stood at 774.

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KAMPALA - President Yoweri Museveni is expected to deliver yet another COVID-19 related address on Tuesday night according to his spokesperson, Don Wanyama.

"His Excellency @KagutaMuseveni is expected to address the country on Tuesday, July 21, on the #COVID19 pandemic situation in the country and related issues. Time is 8pm, live on all TVs and radios," Wanyama posted on his Twitter account.

 

 

The President's last address on COVID-19 and lockdown relaxation was on June 8 at State House, Nakasero. At the time Uganda's positive cases stood at 774.

The cumulative total of confirmed cases now stands at 1,065. The latest three cases were confirmed from the samples tested yesterday per the press statement issued by the health ministry this morning. 

In the last address, the President informed the country that Uganda had transitioned from imported cases to Phase 3 of the epidemic, with the epicentres in the districts of Amuru, Kyotera and Buikwe.

Among the key highlights of the President's last speech, the lockdown was eased in the 33 border districts and only maintained in the districts with evidence of community clusters and other high-risk characteristics.

Restrictions on the operations of places of worship, arcades, bodabodas, social and political gatherings, salons, among others were maintained.

Since then there has been sustained appeal from the religious leaders, bodabodas and all the other sections to have the restrictions eased.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stephen Kaziimba, maintains that church leaders were much orderly and ready to bear by the standard operating procedures set by government to tame the spread of coronavirus.

The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, says that the world needs prayers to heal during these difficult times of the coronavirus pandemic.

Places of worship are the only places where people can run to seek God's guidance and protection from the deadly pandemic, according to Kampala Catholic Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

Public expectations


 

While responding to New Vision's social media #BigDebate on what the public wants the President to address, a one Artin, said he wants the President to reopen schools, arcades, churches, extend curfew time on top of allowing bodas to carry one person at least.

Roland Tashobya is optimistic that the President will fully open the economy for people to go back to their usual work of looking for survival.

Smurts Kazebere, expects the President to offer an explanation on how the ministries of education and finance are handling teachers in private institutions.

Aine Joseph Baryaremwa said: "We need him to open churches and mosques, bodaboda, schools for finalists. Otherwise, we shall not be interested in other coming addresses,"

Millie N. Mabonga says: "Not everyone is optimistic about the address. I fear, the plan is to keep the country under lockdown till the end of the year."

Stephen Buloolo says that this was an opportunity to ease the remaining restrictions. "Only after this, shall we know the actual situation concerning community infections."

Giovanna Masiga, expects the President to detail a plan of opening up the country with measures on prevention.

"The lockdown is affecting people too much. The situation is slowly depressing the masses. By now for sure there should be a plan for opening us up, by now we should have opened," Masiga said.

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