KAMPALA – Government has urged presidential candidates to respect campaign guidelines on crowds to avoid exposing people to Covid-19.
According to Information minister Judith Nabakooba, some candidates are already flouting Ministry of Health guidelines on gatherings, leading to confrontation with police.
Several people were injured on Tuesday as police confronted supporters of presidential candidates Robert Kyagulanyi and Patrick Amuriat on nomination day.
“The confrontations between the different politicians that resulted into injuries and damage to property were unfortunate. The Police Force worked hard to ensure that the process ended successfully. It is unfortunate that certain candidates decided to escalate particular situations for their personal reasons,” Nabakooba told journalists on Sunday, 08 November 2020 in Kampala.
She urged the candidates to be exemplary in the Covid-19 fight.
“I call upon all Presidential candidates to lead by example in this effort against COVID-19. As you go out on the campaign trail, incorporate the preventive message of COVID-19 in all your communication,” she said.
“Encourage your supporters to stay away from crowding and ensure that those attending planning meetings have their masks on all the time. Already there are some places such as Kampala, Kiryandongo, Karamoja that are experiencing bigger out breaks. During this campaign period, think twice before joining any campaign related activity.
Everyone needs to take personal responsibility against COVID-19. Protect those you love and your community by keeping yourself safe all the time.”