Museveni Announces Curfew, Orders Closure Of Shops In New Anti-Coronavirus Drastic Measures

Museveni Announces Curfew, Orders Closure Of Shops In New Anti-Coronavirus Drastic Measures

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By Spy Uganda

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has announced new drastic measures that government will implement in order to stop the spread of Coronavirus in Uganda.

Museveni issued the new guidelines during his fifth national address about Coronavirus, during which he banned all movements of people and private vehicles.

Museveni said that ‘All non-food shops (stores) should be closed. Only shops that sell agricultural inputs, veterinary inputs, detergents, pharmaceuticals, should remain open. But big numbers of people should not be allowed to congregate at theses shops.”

About transportation of goods  the President said that “Cargo planes should have crew members only, a Lorry should have only three people and boda-bodas should only operate during day time.”

He added that “Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. We will have a curfew. All other movements should stop! Curfew starts on 31st no movement after 7:00PPm to 7:00Am.”

He also directed police to arrest politicians distributing food and other relief items to Ugandans affected by the Coronavirus lockdown, saying that government is working out mechanisms of giving people food.

“The Police should arrest irresponsible politicians who are using this crisis to distribute food and money to seek cheap popularity because this could easily spread the disease. Those arrested should be charged with attempted murder. “

The President said that any meeting of more than five people is banned forthwith and people should not gather in groups at some shops where they buy commodities.

The President also made it categorically clear that food markets must remain open but the distance between the seller and buyer must keep a distance.

He however ordered the closure of salons, garages and hardware shops because their services are not essential.

He advised factories to ensure that they make their employees camp near the work premises to avoid movements of people or suspend production for two weeks.

He said that KCCA, URA, UNRA, NWSC, Umeme will continue to work. 

He ended the  address by ordering people to stay home after quoiting Isaiah:26.20, which says; “Go into your houses, my people, and shut the door behind you. Hide yourselves for a little while until God’s anger is over.”

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