INFORMATION MINISTER CLARIFIES ON MALLS, ARCADES OPENING

In a Twitter message ,the Minister of Information Communication Technology  (ICT) and National Guidance , (NG), Ms. Judith  Nabakooba , has reechoed  President Yoweri Musveni’s  directive on the phased lifting of the 75 day –nation wide lockdown due to the Covid pandemic and stated that it is only shopping malls that will be allowed to re-open and resume business tomorrow  June 4th, 2020. This means that arcades shall remain closed .

President  Museveni  also directed that KCCA working together with the Ministry of Works and Transport should   introduce separate lanes for vehicles , bicycles, walkways for pedestrians and boda-bodas in Kampala city .  

Other key aspects of the presidential directives included, 4,000 individuals who were arrested  for violating lockdown guidelines will be reviewed  for possible release  while government will continue to  give food to vulnerable communities  in Wakiso district and other places .Stand alone shops along Nasser and Nkrumah  roads   will be allowed to open , churches to remain closed while bodabodas and tuku tukus will not  be allowed to carry passengers .

Public masks will be ready by June 10th 2020 and given out starting with the most  at risk border areas such as Elegu, mutukula, Malaba and Katuna and lock down in all the 40 border districts still remain in force. The 7pm-6.30am curfew shall also remain in place .

MOSES SSERWANGA

Writer is a media and communications consultant And Advocate of the High Court of Uganda

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