KAMPALA – Information minister Judith Nabakooba has urged members of the public to stop spreading unsubstantiated information about reopening of schools.
According to Ms Nabakooba, the decision on reopening schools lies with the head of state.
“When it comes to the national COVID-19 response, I want to call upon Ugandans to be calm and ignore some of the speculative messages regarding the reopening of public institutions. The mandate to guide the nation on the reopening of schools and other institutions is with His Excellency the President of Uganda,” she told journalists on Sunday, 13 September 2020.
“A few weeks back shortly before the NRM parliamentary primaries, His Excellency met with the National Task Force members on COVID-19. They briefed the President on the progress being made regarding the safety standards for key sectors such as churches, schools, the airport and many others,” she added.
The Minister said since that meeting, there have been a number of attempts by different institutions coming out to announce different dates of resuming operations.
“Whereas it is not bad for institutions to continue with their planning and preparing for resumption of business, it is wrong for them to continue announcing dates. The President will very soon come out to address the nation on the progress being made and I call upon everyone to remain calm as they wait. In the meantime, I believe our interest should be on how to stay safe from COVID-19 by observing the existing guidelines,” Ms Nabakooba added.