Coronavirus: Museveni warns ‘crooks’ hiking prices

In his fourth address to the nation on the new coronavirus pandemic, President Museveni warns business people hiking prices of foodstuffs and also strikes a tone of hope that Uganda will manage the health crisis.

And finally, the health ministry is making an appeal – if you flew back home from Dubai in the last fortnight.

This is for your own good and for the good of your family, friends, workmates, Ugandans and the rest of humanity. Let us heed this call.

The President says that had he closed the borders early enough, perhaps Uganda would not be having any confirmed coronavirus cases thus far. But that they had to consult first as per international guidelines.

That said, he remains confident that the crisis will be managed – but only if the public heeds the set measures.

“I think the situation is manageable if you only listen to what we are saying.  We shall overcome this challenge,” says the President.

The President says he has heard of “crooks” taking advantage of the situation by raising the prices of food stuffs.

“I will send in spies. If I find anyone hiking the price of food, I will cancel their license,” he warns.

The President reminds the nation on the three key personal measures to keey coronavirus at bay.

Steer clear of anyone coughing or sneezing. Do not allow them in your vehicle and in your office.

Wash with water and soap. The cruder the soap, the better. He says he will discuss with Cabinet on engaging National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) on slashing the price of water.

Do not touch yourself, especially on the soft parts/openings (mouth, nose and eyes), with the hand that you use for everyday work.

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