President Museveni has justified paying scientists highly citing their invaluable contribution in the fight against coronavirus.
“The scientists must be paid highly. They have done a huge practical contribution to the Nation,” he said Sunday while addressing the nation.
“You can see how much trouble they have saved us during this danger of the floating Island on Lake Victoria.”
Museveni says scientists should be paid better because they have managed to solve three big problems concurrently – killing locusts, decimated a floating island that had gone into the Nalubaale dam and managed coronavirus in Uganda.
“I appeal to you my partners in government on the issue of paying our scientists well so that they do a good job – the doctors, scientists, engineers, science teachers…I am tired of begging because we could be very far.”
For coronavirus, Museveni said people tested so far are 11,350.
Out of all those, only 55 people have been confirmed with the disease.
“That is why I am congratulating you, for following the directives.”
“I also want to congratulate our health workers. They were not very prepared to tackle the disease but they have done their best.”
He said this is not the first time we have had an outbreak of a pandemic.
In 1893, there was an outbreak of smallpox, there was no vaccine or treatment but the ancestors applied the same technique of social distancing.
Museveni says Lake Victoria water levels have risen to the second highest ever record at 13.21 metres since 1964 when it was 13.41 metres.
He says people farming at the shores of L.Victoria and banks of River Nile must leave immediately before NEMA forces them out.
Those floating so-called islands had yams and cassava, which means people had cultivated on them.
“I want to congratulate our engineers. Our people mobilised and scooped it out. Another one was coming from Kirinya side but they intercepted it.”