By Spy Uganda
A visibly angry President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday night ordered the police, Local Defence Unit and military to arrest all people he described as ‘Idiots’ who are distributing food to Ugandans during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
President Museveni reiterated the directive he had given during his Monday national address about Coronavirus in his Tuesday address, when he said thus; “We are going to crash these idiots who are calling people to gather and give them food, they’re total idiots. If you have food or a donation to give, hand it over to the National Taskforce,” he said.
It should be noted that the Presidential Directives came at a time when political leaders like Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP) and People Power leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) former leader Dr Kizza Besigye and others were distributing food to poor families in Uganda.
President Museveni on Monday announced a total national lockdown as one of the ways of fighting the Coronavirus, and announced a curfew from 7:00PM to 6:30Am for two weeks.
However, whereas other countries that announced a lockdown due to Coronavirus give food to their citizens, Ugandans are yet to get the Gov’t supplies as promised by the president.
But he reasoned that those politicians distributing food to poor families risk the lives of Ugandans by exposing them to Coronavirus, through bringing masses of people together, yet government ordered for isolation as a preventive measure.
It is for that reason that he directed security forces to arrest all those ‘Idiots’, among them being Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, Nakaseke MP Paul Lutamaguzi Semakula, plus several others.
But apart from arresting the ‘Idiots’ distributing food to poor Ugandans, here are other Key Points in President Museve’s Tuesday address.
- Walk to the supermarket. Don’t bring in the idea of cars.
- Only bodas carrying cargo, pickup carrying cargo, lorry carrying cargo.
- The curfew started today at 7pm. The first hours of the night till 6:30am.
- Diplomatic vehicles can drive to the supermarket and hospital only. The National taskforce committee will handle this clearance.
- Government in the process of procuring protective gear for the medical workers. Companies contacted so far are Nyanza Textile and Mulwana’s House of Plastic.
- Sanitizers being made locally
- Food distribution will target only the vulnerable group ( Those who were earning daily, hand to mouth) the national taskforce under the PM’s office is handling this.
- “We are going to crash the idiots who are calling people to gather and get food” If you have food to give, hand it over to the National Taskforce.
- Those who wish to contribute should do so institutionally. E.g $150,000 donation from a Nigerian friend has been handed over to the national taskforce to buy vehicles. Chinese in Mbale gave him two jeeps that he handed over to the national taskforce.
- The 10pm curfew announced last night at 9pm , just an hour to deadline, was deliberate to stop people from travelling to the village.
- Has directed the Police to release the vehicles impounded last night to the owners.
- Those exempted : it’s because the ministry had not put stickers on them. Now he has directed them to start
- 1mWeddings: should be 10 people max. Groom, Bride, Parents, Priest, Matron and Bestnan
- Public gathering: Only 5 maximum
- RDC: put dedicated officers to man phones 24hrs.
- Banks will get stickers on their cars. But each carry one person only. But bank customers can either walk to the bank or use online banking or mobile money.
- Public servants who refuse to hand over the vehicles to DHO will be arrested.
- Media is a service that should continue like electricity, medical , water. Their vehicles will get stickers
- Construction sites will be open but hardware shops are closed. Those who have materials, let them continue, those who don’t have should wait for the 14days to end.
- Warned Acholi cultural leaders to stop allegations that Covid-19 is an evil spirit
- Pregnancy emergency in rural areas: Government to work out a detailed emergency 24hr structure of having officers on duty at the sub county to handle such cases.
- 11 children tested positive . All members of Watoto children’s choir who had gone abroad to perform.