Economy to fully reopen in January 2022 – Museveni

President Museveni has revealed that schools and the rest of the economy will be fully reopened in January 2022, urging Ugandans to flock the nearest health centres for vaccination.

He said that by the end of December 2021, the government will have received about 23 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines which are able to vaccinate more than 12 million Ugandans. Among them should be the 4.8 million frontline workers and vulnerable categories of people including bar attendants.

“If this is done, we shall be able to open schools and the rest of the economy by January 2022. But whether people go for vaccination or not, we shall still reopen the economy. If anything goes wrong, the moral responsibility is yours,” the president said.

He dismissed claims that Ugandans are refusing to be vaccinated: “I don’t believe that Ugandans are refusing to get vaccinated, they are just not told. I now want to inform you that vaccines are available at the health centres.”

He urged the CAOs, sub-country chiefs, Gisos, and all other leaders to try to sensitise the locals about the benefits of being immunized against Covid-19.

On the issue of attacks by bombing that have claimed the lives of two people and injured others, Mr Museveni assured the public that neither rural-based insurgency nor urban terrorism will defy the government’s capacity.

“Although we had some success in fighting terrorism,  I realised that there were gaps in the policing capacity of the country. There was the infiltration of police by criminal elements that colluded with criminals, laxity, and a serious deficit of technology capacity to fight crime. But I would like to assure the public that neither rural-based insurgency nor urban terrorism will defy our capacity,” he said.

The address comes at the time when the country is under tension after two bombs went off in a space of two days. The President has been using his Twitter handle to condemn the attacks, saying those behind them will be arrested.

He also hinted at the need to deal with is bail to eliminate these kinds of criminals from society.

“We the freedom fighters have never supported bail for murderers, defilers, and rapists,” Mr Museveni said. 

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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