Lead by example, Nabakooba tells presidential candidates
COVID-19, 14 deaths in a day is NOT CORRECT; But Stay Safe.
Presidential Nominations were a sign of democracy
Candidates reminded to take campaign guidelines seriously.
First, I would like to congratulate all those candidates that were successfully nominated on the 2nd and 3rd of November.
This exercise is a strong milestone for our democracy and a key indicator of peace that the NRM government stands for.
A total of 11 candidates were successfully nominated, the highest number ever in Uganda’s history.
This points to the depth of our democracy that the current government cherishes.
In the same vain, I would like to condemn the violent scenes that were witnessed.
The confrontations between the different politicians that resulted into injuries and damage to property were unfortunate.
The Police Force worked hard to ensure that the process ended successfully.
It is unfortunate that certain candidates decided to escalate particular situations for their personal reasons.
I call upon all Presidential candidates to respect the guidelines that have been put in place by the Electoral Commission.
Candidates are encouraged to work closely with the Electoral Commission and Police to ensure that their planning and preparations in all the campaign areas is not interrupted.
During the nomination week, there were some false reports that Uganda had registered 14 COVID-19 deaths in a single day.
These numbers are not correct.
The 14 COVID-19 deaths reported on Thursday 5th was a total of deaths that had occurred over 4 days and not in a single day.
Between 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of November, Uganda registered 14 COVID-19 deaths.
Whereas this error has been corrected, this does not imply that we are safe.
As of Friday 6th November, the total number of cases was at 14,066 and 131 deaths.
The number of COVID-19 cases has continued to rise daily and the country’s health facilities especially in Intensive Care are being over stretched.
We are all reminded that COVID-19 is real and it kills.
On a daily basis, the country continues to lose sons and daughters to this deadly disease.
I want to remind everyone to take seriously the existing guidelines on prevention.
Now that the country is undergoing an election period, I urge everyone to remain alert and ensure that you do not catch the virus.
I call upon all Presidential candidates to lead by example in this effort against COVID-19.
As you go out on the campaign trail, incorporate the preventive message of COVID-19 in all your communication.
Encourage your supporters to stay away from crowding and ensure that those attending planning meetings have their masks on all the time.
Already there are some places such as Kampala, Kiryandongo, Karamoja that are experiencing bigger out breaks.
During this campaign period, think twice before joining any campaign related activity.
Everyone needs to take personal responsibility against COVID-19.
Protect those you love and your community by keeping yourself safe all the time.
Remember to put on your face mask all the time when going out in public.
All public places such as markets, public transporter taxis and buses are reminded to ensure that they go by the guidelines given.
There has been some laxity in key public places and we are all reminded that the danger of COVID-19 is still here with us and it kills.
Places of worship did well in the first few weeks after reopening but we are observing some relaxation starting to emerge.
Religious leaders are reminded to ensure all agreed upon measures are put in place all the time.
I urge all leaders not to politicise the existing guidance on COVID-19. Let us all work together to ensure that we win against COVID-19.
For God and my Country
Minister, ICT & National Guidance