M7’s COVID-19 directives applauded, urged to support vulnerable group

Dr Diini Kisembo Emmanuel [R] inside Radio KBS studios in Kagadi

Quick facts:

  • On 29, March, 2020, Sunday night, Ministry of Health confirmed three [3] new cases, bringing the total to 33 for Uganda.
  • According to the Health Ministry, out of 206 samples run on Sunday, 203 tested negative for COVID-19.

Kagadi – Before COVID-19 cases was confirmed in Uganda, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had issued a number of directives to control wider spread of coronavirus in the country.

After the first case was confirmed by the Ministry of Health, the President issued more strict directives, in addition to the Health Ministry’s and World Health Organisation’s guidelines.

Speaking to TND News on Sunday evening, Dr Diini Emmanuel Kisembo – who’s the executive director of Bunyoro Kitara Youth Initiative for Development, applauded Mr Museveni for his directives, on COVID-19.

Mr Kisembo, who has shown interest to replace Ambassador of Uganda to Burundi, H.E Matayo Kyaligonza as the NRM national vice chairperson in charge Western Uganda, urged the president to issue further directives.

“I thank the president and ask him to add more measures on movements of people like enforcing district per district quarantine,” he said.

He added: “He should also try and look into the vulnerable people of Uganda; help them get food items that can sustain them for at least 6month.”

According to Dr Kisembo, Ugandans should adopt methods like “I’m safe! My neighbour is not safe”.

“You and I can fight coronavirus. Let’s put hands together to fight coronavirus out of Uganda,” he added.

COVID-19 cases in EAC states as of Sunday, 29 March, 2020

  1. Rwanda – 70
  2. Kenya – 42
  3. Uganda – 33
  4. Tanzania – 13
  5. Burundi – 0
  6. South Sudan – 0

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He also wants President Museveni to direct UMEME and NWSC to give supplies of free water and electricity for six months.

According to him, politically, the COVID-19 in Uganda gives NRM party a “high time” and “opportunity” to re-brand itself and popularity among the population if “we are to win the coming election”.

Mr Kisembo also wants government to launch a campaign dubbed: “I’m safe! My neighbor is not.”

By WHO Africa

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