Covid-19: Gen Muhoozi Objects to State Owned Newspaper’s Praise of Rwanda over Uganda’s Stellar Efforts


Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has objected to what he described as New Vision’s praising of neighboring Rwanda over Uganda’s stellar efforts against Covid 19 pandemic.

Gen Muhoozi wondered who could be in charge of the state owned newspaper’s Twitter handle.

New Vision on Sunday ran a story on its website titled “Rwanda orders shutdown as infections jump across Africa” which was adapted from AFP.

The story highlights Rwanda’s efforts intended to slow the spread of Covid 19 virus. The country reported on Sunday a surge in corona virus cases. Two more cases of the deadly virus were confirmed a day after implementation of total lock down that included measures to stop Rwandans from unnecessary movements outside their homes. The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 19, the second highest number in Eastern and Central Africa.

Uganda has only one confirmed case of Covid 19. The East African country led by President Yoweri Museveni has been credited by WHO and international media for the great track record in managing previous epidemics such as Ebola.

The AFP report that was quoted by government owned New Vision contradicted Uganda’s record by claiming the country was trying to follow Rwanda’s footsteps after President Yoweri Museveni ordered on Wednesday, a total prohibition of passenger travel to or from Uganda by land, air or water. The directive took effect on 22 March 2020 at midnight.

“But who is in charge of this New Vision ? Is this a government asset or what? How dare they praise another state before our great Ugandan state?” Gen Muhoozi asked on Twitter.

The General reminded sceptics that Uganda was the greatest country in Africa.

“Uganda is the greatest country in Africa period!! In all things. Nobody else can compare,” he said.

Uganda confirmed its first case of Coronavirus on Saturday night after a businessman who was returning from Dubai was detected and isolared by Uganda’s health survillance system. Samples were taken off the businessman and they proved positive of Covid 19.

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