Speaking at the weekly press briefing, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance has called upon all Presidential candidates to respect the guidelines that have been put in place by the Electoral Commission.
On a daily basis, the country continues to lose individuals to the deadly coronavirus disease.
During the presidential nomination week, Uganda registered a total of 14 COVID-19 deaths that occurred between 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of November. As of Friday 6th November, the total number of cases was at 14,066 and 131 deaths.
Minister Nabakooba has said that the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to rise daily and the country’s health facilities, especially in Intensive Care, are being overstretched and she also reminded the public that COVID-19 is real and it kills.
At a moment that the country is undergoing an election period, she urged everyone but most especially the presidential candidates to lead by example in the effort against COVID-19 and; remain alert to ensure that no one catches the virus.
“Candidates are encouraged to work closely with the Electoral Commission and Police to ensure that their planning and preparations in all the campaign areas are not interrupted. I urge all leaders not to politicise the existing guidance on COVID-19.”
The Minister has also asked politicians that as they go out on the campaign trail, they should be able to incorporate the preventive message of COVID-19 in all communications and; encourage supporters to stay away from crowding and ensure that those attending planning meetings have their masks on all the time.
Everyone needs to take personal responsibility against COVID-19 and remember to put on your face mask all the time when going out in public.
Government has noted some laxity in key public places such as markets, public transporter taxis and buses are reminded to ensure that they go by the guidelines given.
Religious leaders have been reminded to ensure that all agreed-upon measures are put in place all the time.
Already places such as Kampala, Kiryandongo, Karamoja are experiencing bigger outbreaks.