Hon. Judith Nabakooba, Minister for ICT & National Guidance
In today’s national press briefing held at the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance Headquarters in Kampala, Hon. Nabakooba re-echoed the message of His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni when on conducting peaceful and democratic elections.
“When the President speaks about some of the violence witnessed in these elections, he is speaking not just to NRM members but the entire country as well. All Ugandans regardless of our political inclinations have an obligation to work for peace always,” Hon. Nabakooba said.
She emphasized that the upcoming national election early next year should be a moment for peace and reconciliation. She also tasked fellow leaders in all different capacities to always be champions and beacons of peace because the call towards political leadership should always be informed by the desire to serve the people rather than self and personal gain.
Elections at the national level are continuing and tomorrow People with Disabilities are electing their representatives at the sub-county level while on Wednesday it will be the youth still at the sub-county level.
The minister has called upon all Special Interest Groups under these categories to mobilise their members to participate. The supreme law of the land states that every adult Ugandan has a right to exercise their freedom to vote for a person of their choice without any fear or intimidation.
Last month President Museveni met the National Task Force members on COVID-19 who briefed him on the progress being made regarding the safety standards for key sectors such as churches, schools, the airport and many others.
Since that meeting, a number of attempts by different institutions coming out to announce different dates of resuming operations. Whereas it is not bad for institutions to continue with their planning and preparing for the resumption of business, Hon Nabakooba says it is wrong for them to continue announcing dates.
“The President will very soon come out to address the nation on the progress being made and I call upon everyone to remain calm as they wait. In the meantime, I believe our interest should be on how to stay safe from COVID-19 by observing the existing guidelines,” said Hon Nabakooba.
As of yesterday, Uganda had registered 326 new cases bringing the total to 4,703 cases. Kampala district and Buikwe continue to lead in new infections. The number of deaths is now at 52 and still growing. Within just a space of about one month, Uganda registered 1,474 new cases.
The Minister has urged the public to continue practising the SOPs including washing of hands with soap, wearing masks and maintain social distancing.
I call upon everyone to be cautious during the heavy rains that we have started to experience. We have registered some fatal cases where lives have been lost as a result of incidents related to the heavy rains. Let us look out for our children and ensure that we avoid any risk that may lead to loss of life, she added.