KAMPALA – Local Government minister Raphael Magyezi has suspended council meetings at district level and ordered the local governments to only operate with essential staff and have others work from home.
In a statement issued at the weekend, Mr Magyezi said the budget for local Government can be passed by only the business committee and the council will convene after COVID-19 to make approvals. He says all meetings of people beyond 5 should be stopped.
He says only district chairpersons and the Mayors are exempted from movement and work as they are the core of the districts but are also in the task force.
Magyezi tasked the local government leaders to first advise the market vendors and dealers on the practices and that if they continue violating it the markets should be closed.
He warned people in the markets from charging for hand washing. The Minister also called on people buying food in the markets not to use boda boda’s, but only send the bodaboda riders to purchase the products, warning that any motorcycle that will be found carrying people will be impounded.
He says COVID -19 will be defeated at local government level since the structures are strong right from the local council 1. He says, for instance, the local governments have a role to play in the surveillance of border to ensure that no one comes in.