KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni has on Tuesday night apologised to those who were affected but the ban on movement of private vehicles but remains resolute that he had to “surprise” the people to avoid having massive migration to the villages and potentially putting the lives of those in the countryside at risk of contracting the coronavirus.
“Sorry about that,” said the President, before directing the Police to release all the vehicles that were impounded in the “ambush” on Monday night.
“Put the police were right,” he said; “but those people moving were also not wrong because they didnt know about the ban,” he added before hilariously concluding; “but I was also right, because I wanted people to stay where they were!” he said, attracting laughter.
Deputy IGP Sabiiti Muzeyi was in attendance as the president directed corrective action.
Mr. Museveni however said these people shouldn’t go anywhere beyond Kampala.
The president also asked the Minister for the Presidency Esther Mbayo to instruct the RDCs to install dedicated people to stay on duty all the time to attend to public distress calls.
He said the LC5 chairman in Bunyangabu who slapped a female RDC “should be arrested for beating a Ugandan”.
The LC5 chairman in question is James Ategeka Mugarama of Bunyangabu district, who was caught on camera smacking the district resident district commissioner, Jane Asiimwe.
Museveni said whoever commits such an act is an “idiot!”.
Uganda has imposed a two-week lockdown to stem the spread of Coronavirus, with the country registering 44 infections in the month of March.