By Ivan Mwine
The presidential national address on COVID-19 that was slated to be held on Saturday July 31st, 2021 has been moved to Friday July 30th, 2021, at 8:00PM.
According to information coming in from the President’s Office, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has since shifted the national address to Friday in a bid to give a prompt update to Ugandans about government’s interventions in the fight against the pandemic, following the end of the 42-day lockdown.
“Fellow Countrymen, Countrywomen, and Bazukulu, I will address the country on Friday the 30th July at 8:00pm,” President Museveni wrote on twitter, Wednesday night.
He added that; “I have asked that the address be broadcast on the different TVs and Radio stations for your convenience. Please ensure that you tune in.”
His address comes at a time when many Ugandans are eagerly waiting for what next after the lockdown and although many of them are expecting a total lifting of the same, many health experts and opinion leaders are pushing for a phased lifting of the lockdown.
Those advocating for a phased lifting of the lockdown argue that if the President announces a total lift many Ugandans will relax strict observance of COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which is likely to sink the country into another spiral wave of infections.
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