President Yoweri Museveni ,as anticipated all Wednesday, has announced suspension of all public transport in the country, in yet another bold move to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
The President proclaimed at 8pm this evening that the country’s public transportation system will be put on hold for at least 14 days.
All vehicles including commuter taxis, coasters, minibuses, buses, all passenger trains, tuktuks, and all bodabodas will have to be packed, Museveni ordered
This move, he said, was in light of the now apparent fact that more cases of Coronavirus will continue to be discovered in the country.
Earlier today the Ministry of Health announced that the number of cases in the country had jumped from 9 to 14, after five more cases were confirmed.
These included an 8 month old baby in Iganga whose father had traveled to Kisumu in Kenya, and another businessman in Adjumani district, who had been travelling to the border town of Elugu in northern Uganda.
“We have therefore decided to suspend for 14 days all public transport,” the president announced.
“We want to minimize movement. The only vehicles will be allowed to move are private vehicles. These too shouldn’t carry more than 3 people including the driver.”
Other vehicles which will be allowed to move are trucks which are hauling cargo, delivery vans, pick ups all of which must be carrying food or other essential items. Others are ambulances, security forces vehicles, government vehicles doing essential work and garbage trucks.
As such, the president advised Ugandans to postpone all their travel, including those planning to travel home for Easter, “until we get out of this danger.”