KAMPALA – President Museveni has said that Uganda’s international airport at Entebbe, as well as all the land borders, will remain closed “until the situation abroad settles because there is so much chaos in some of these countries abroad”.
The President said that while Uganda is losing out a lot of money on tourism due to closed borders, keeping Ugandans alive is a priority.
Uganda closed the Entebbe International Airport on March 23 to stop the importation of Covid-19 cases after the index case was registered on March 21.
Only humanitarian, evacuation, and cargo flights are allowed.
President Museveni has also responded to the naysayers of the ongoing lockdown. He laid emphasis on the need to protect life above anything else, arguing that without life, one cannot do anything.
He also lambasted “selfish people”, warning that he does not want to hear of any such people.
“I cannot equate survival with opportunity,” he underlined, his tone clearly emphatic.
As in his previous addresses, President Museveni has once again laid bare his appreciation for the work of scientists, and has told off the people who are harsh on them. For their contribution, Museveni feels scientists deserve to be paid more.
“Anyone who attacks scientists should go to hell. If anyone attacks them, I will tell them to go to hell!”
The President has congratulated Ugandans – and especially the health workers on the frontline – for battling this science-led war against the coronavirus.
He then explained how, a couple of weeks into lockdown, they had to think about which economic, social and spiritual activities could be undertaken safely – without putting the lives of Ugandans at risk.
He briefly highlighted how the food markets were allowed to operate, as were essential services, and followed by the easing of more lockdown measures as the country took on a phased lifting of its lockdown in a bid to resuscitate a heavily-hit economy.