Minister of Information, ICT and National Guidance Hon Judith Nabakooba has called on Ugandans not to follow in the footsteps of Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng by disregarding the set guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid 19.
Minister Nabakooba on Sunday described the incident in which her colleague Aceng was filmed sandwiched in a crowd of supporters with no observance of social distancing, as “regrettable.”
Earlier photos of the Health Minister emerged in which she was seen without a face mask and surrounded by scores of people.
“We regret the incident because we know very well the guidelines that have been repeatedly announced over and over again and we expected that each and every one would follow these guidelines,” Nabakooba said.
The incident happened on Friday in Lira district where Minister Aceng is seeking election as the District Woman MP
Responding to the criticism earlier, Minister Aceng said she was not conducting a campaign rally but “training people on how to properly use the masks”
Aceng said she also oriented village health teams (VHTs) and other youths on the better means of distributing mosquito nets.
However, this morning a video emerged on social media in which the minister was seen in a rally-like procession of mostly female supporters who were singing and brandishing tree branches.
Several opposition leaders pounced on the video to accuse the minister of holding a campaign rally, which is currently forbidden all around the country.
Presidential contender Bobi Wine termed the incident as “laughable” while DP President Norbert Mao demanded that the minister apologizes.
Gen Henry Tumukunde another presidential aspirant invited the Electoral Commission to intervene.
However, at today’s press conference, Minister Nabakooba said the opposition figures shouldn’t take advantage of Minister Aceng’s actions.
“That should not be an excuse for Ugandans to use Doctor (Aceng) as an example to abandon the guidelines put in place. Yes, it happened but as Ugandans, we should know that it is a regrettable incident, but we observe what we are expected to do.”