KAMPALA — President Museveni has revealed that he had discussed with the Director of Public Prosecution and the Attorney General to have the over 4000 people who have been arrested and charged with disobeying lockdown orders to be freed from prison provided they don’t have any other serious cases against them.
“There are 4,000 people who were arrested during the lock down because they did not follow regulations. I would like the Attorney General and DPP to review these cases and have them freed if there is nothing serious,” said President Museveni.
Speaking at State Lodge Nakasero, Mr Museveni said government has halted its promise to reopen education institutions, closed more than two months ago as means to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease.
He said when he allowed candidates in Primary Seven, Senior Four, Senior Six and finalists in tertiary institutions to resume school, there had been no proper assessment of the risk that the reopening posed.
“I had talked about opening schools after June 4, but we have further studied this with the scientists and the eventual decision was to delay. We have 1.4million children in these candidate classes and finalists. We don’t have enough testing kits for testing those numbers every two weeks,” Museveni said.
He added that the country has the machines necessary to doing the testing however, there are not enough reagents that are key in the testing.
“Even if we could test all the candidates and finalists, there is the issue of day scholars. Even for the boarding school, there are workers and the teacher who move to and from the school. We have therefore, decided that we shouldn’t bite too much at a time,” Museveni said.
The president added that the reopening of private cars has already unleashed a big number of people in the towns, and the last thing they need is to add on students.