- He has donated an assortment of sanitary items to support the vulnerable communities in the constituency.
- The MP also asked masses to obey directives on COVID-19 issued by the President.
Jinja – LEADING from the forefront is what the Jinja Municipality West MP, Moses Balyeku has done. He has donated an assortment of sanitary items to support the vulnerable communities in the constituency.
The items including bar soap, hand sanitizers, liquid soap and detergents; plastic containers like jerrycans, masks and toilet tissues have been distributed to the markets, places of worship, orphanages and the elderly.
Mr Balyeku, in an address to the Local Council leaders and market officials who received the donation, worth Uganda shillings15m, urged residents not to take the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the global community as not serious.
“…the virus is real and it kills. So, as your leader it’s important that I join other stakeholders in offering guidance and material support at this difficult time…” Balyeku said.
Stressing the guidelines of hand washing, maintenance of personal hygiene, and social distancing as measures of preventing the spread of the virus, the ‘Togikwatako supporter’ [legislator] warned against complacency.
The legislator who has also embarked on a door to door campaign, asked parents to restrain their children from unnecessary movement to avoid catching the virus that has killed more than 10,000 people worldwide, and infected hundreds of thousands across the globe.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, on Monday night announced “a near total lockdown” in Uganda, banning use of private cars, shopping arcades, among others.
The President also introduced night curfew which had started as early as 7pm, on Monday.
These were in addition to previous directives he issued, among them prohibiting activities in places of worship [churches, mosques and stadiums], institutions of learning from nursery schools to universities; public transport like buses, taxis, coasters, tuk-tuks, boda-boda cyclists, among others have been banned.
Uganda has so far confirmed 33 COVID-19 cases including an 8 month old child from Iganga district, two Chinese nationals, all of whom are undergoing mandatory quarantine.
On Tuesday night, 8pm, President Museveni will address the nation again, just a day after he banned use of private cars.