ICT minister Judith Nabakooba has thrown her weight behind a presidential directive to arrest politicians over big rallies and campaigns.
Here is her statement:
We are continuing with our Community awareness and mobilization against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
By this time last month on the 23rd of July, Uganda had just registered its first COVID-19 death.
Today in a space of one month, we have 29 deaths and the number continues to grow every day. That is about one person dying every day.
New infections continue to be registered every day and we are now at 2847 cases as of yesterday.
With all this, bars are illegally operating; people are attending weddings and funerals in large numbers without masks and social distancing.
It is on this basis that His Excellency the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the enforcement of strict COVID-19 directives.
Among the directives is the immediate arrest of any politician or government official who directly or indirectly facilitates political campaign gatherings or big rallies.
I therefore want to alert fellow politicians to stick to the guidance by the electoral commission or else risk being arrested.