The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba has advised the population to stay in their homes as they welcome in the new year with their family as a measure to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Judith Nabakooba urged the public to cancel, the regular routine of coming out in trading centres to celebrate the new year at midnight.
“Let us use the new year’s eve to thank the Almighty God for having kept us alive and pray for a better 2021. Police will not give any permission for fireworks this time,”she said.
Nabakooba said since fireworks are usually accompanied by people staying up late and gathering around a particular place, such gatherings and fanfare increase the risk of spreading Covid-19.
“All other public end of year festivities such as concerts, overnight prayers, discotheques are not allowed. All other existing SOPs such as curfew hours, traffic rules, remain in place and will be enforced by police,”she said.
As the country heads to 2021 general polls, Nabakooba called upon everyone to start reflecting about their choice of candidate.
“This is the time to choose a leader who will be able to sustain and continue with the progress that the country has registered over the years,”she said.
She said given the nature of campaigns with some candidates failing to adhere to the SOPs, cancelling campaign activities in some districts by the Electoral Commission is going to save lives of Ugandans.
“It is however unfortunate to hear some candidates already coming and declaring defiance against the new measures. I call upon members of the public to ignore such candidates who intend to defy the new campaign measures,”she advised.
She said the risk of contracting Covid-19 in the areas listed by the Electoral Commission is simply so high.
“Let us support the Electoral Commission in its efforts to deliver a free and fair election. We can win against Covid-19 if we all respect the guidance given by our scientists and His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,”she said.