By Henry Rugamba
It is time Government listened to the economists and not only the scientists because COVID-19 is about a healthy body and healthy economy.
Businesses are going out of business, private schools are choking on bank loans they can longer service for no fault of their own and SME’s just don’t know when or how they will recover from the lock down impact on their business.
Mr President the country is not in lockdown, people are washing hands yes and some are wearing masks but no social distancing in Kikubo and across the towns up country. We need to be honest and open our eyes to see it is time open our country for business and manage the health issues.
In church we can block off pews, have less but still be able to worship, in schools we can use the class rooms and the mango tree. We can find a way to balance the science and the economy because what is happeningnow is not working and not helping the people the scientists advising you say they want to help.
Work with us Sir, to manage this together don’t lock us up in a curfew that is killing our work productivity. FYI majority of us don’t have right of way on the road and thus we get to town at 9am and have to leave by 2pm to get home in time for the lockdown, while we burn fuel in the jam the people making this decision put on flashing lights and exploit their right of way get home in time and have the audacity to speak on TV and Radio on how they are doing this for the safety of Ugandans.
Dr Martin Luther King jnr made an impassioned speech one day to the authorities – he said and I quote:
‘…There comes a time, my friends, when people get tired of being plunged across the abyss of humiliation, where they experience the bleakness of nagging despair. There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November…’
Let’s work something out guys, we can balance the act and save our jobs, school our children, pray to our faith, trim our hair and raise our glasses in cheers to our country.