President Yoweri Museveni and his cabinet ministers have disagreed on the way forward regarding the expected phased easing of the lockdown that was to be announced later this evening.
Earlier, Presidential Press secretary to the President, Mr. Don Wanyama announced the postponment of Museveni’s address.
“NOTICE: The 14th Presidential Address by His Excellency YK Museveni on Covid-19 which was slated for today has been moved to tomorrow, Tuesday 19th, at 8pm. We regret any inconveniences,” Wanyama announced on Twitter.
The announcement came as cabinet continues to debate on how the easing of lockdown should be handled.
The meeting, which started at 11:30am, is still ongoing at State House.
According to our State House source, there’s no decision reached (so far) as some ministers are againstany form of easing.
They majorly argue that truck drivers are still a big danger and could have spread the disease to the local community already.
They want Museveni to follow the Kenyan lead and extend by 21 days.
Some are totally against this suggestion while others want buses allowed to move for atleast 3-4 days in order to ferry people to their villages or places of convenience, and choice.
For now, Museveni is completely against the suggestion of allowing buses.
He insists if done, the travellers can easily spread the virus and all previous efforts will be to waste.
However all suggestions are still on table and there’s belief a common ground will be reached before close of day.
Earlier private vehicles had been expected to be back on the road with only two people.
Suspension on public transport was to remain in place.
More to follow from State House…