Museveni Address on Today 8pm, Ahead of Anticipated Reopening of Public Transport

President Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni will address the Nation next week Monday June 1 on matters regarding COVID-19, according to the Minister of Information Communication Technology and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba.

In a tweet on Saturday evening, the Minister said that the President will as well guide the nation on the way forward. Uganda currently has 329 confirmed cases of the disease and 72 recoveries.

In his last address on May 19 on COVID-19, the President announced that public means of transport carrying half capacity, will be allowed on June 4, while schooling by only finalists and candidates will begin next month, on a date to be communicated by the Ministry of Education.

“We said public transport resumes but border districts will not be allowed for the next 21 days because people can easily come from neighbouring countries, infiltrate our security systems and come to Kampala. Those are 40 border districts,” said the President.

In the same address, the Head of State announced that private transport was to resume on May 26, limited to not more than 3 occupants, something that has since been effected. Security personnel have however raised concern over motorists who defy the curfew time.

Several vehicles were impounded on the first day of the opening, but police later released the cars and drivers were cautioned to respect the guidelines regarding their partial operation.

The President directed the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health to work out modalities for reopening of schools by June 4.

The Education Ministry was meant to address the media on May 22, but postponed the press conference on grounds that consultations are still ongoing.

“We wish to inform you that the press conference will not take place due to emerging issues that require further multi-stakeholder discussions and concurrence before the Ministry can move to issue a final statement,” said the ministry’s spokesperson, Patrick Muinda, in a statement recently.

“Consequently the Ministry is now at the final stages of the consultative process on the reopening of schools and other Education Institutions and is embarking on consolidating feedback over the last week,” he added.

The State Minister for Primary Education, Rosemary Sseninde, recently requested Parliament to avail more time for the Education Ministry to develop guidelines for the reopening of schools.

The President is expected to among other things to communicate whether given the circumstances, public transport and schools will open next month as earlier planned.

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