President Yoweri Museveni is slated to address the nation in the coming days on matters concerning the measures put in place to prevent the spread of Covid19.
The President is expected among others to make a pronouncement on lifting or maintaining the nightly curfew which has been in place since March last year.
This was revealed by Prime Minister Dr Rukakana Rugunda while presenting a statement on the floor of parliament about this particular matter.
Rugunda had been tasked by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to address the House on the justification of the curfew which continues to hurt the so-called night economy.
“I would like to let you and the country know that Government is very much alive to the impact the Covid -19 prevention measures have had on our ways of life, on businesses, productivity and subsequently on livelihoods,” Rugunda said.
“We are very much aware and we are in solidarity with all those who have been affected. H.E the President will in the coming days be addressing the Nation with more details on this matter of curfew, where we are in the fight against Covid 19 and what more steps need to be taken to keep our people safe.”
In the meantime, he said, the curfew will remain in place.
The Premier further revealed that the issue of the night curfew has continuously been discussed at cabinet level including yesterday’s meeting which was chaired by President Museveni.
Speaker Kadaga has received several petitions from different groups calling for the lifting or extension of the curfew hours.
The curfew initially run from 7pm to 6am, but in July 2020 the President relaxed it to 9pm – 5:30am.
Some groups are now calling for it to be pushed to midnight or lifted entirely.
Government is also being pressured to lift the ban on the nightlife and entertainment industry by opening up music shows as well as bars.
However according to Rugunda, these concerns “will be looked into in the context of protecting the lives of Ugandans considering that the pandemic is still with us and it is still affecting and killing our people.”
“As you are aware, and from the information that we have been receiving from our scientists and Ministry of Health, the threat and scourge of Covid 19 is still very much with us,” he said.