The Kabale District COVID-19 Taskforce has announced a ban on public address systems during political campaigns, in its latest efforts to stem the spread of Covid19.
Darius Nandinda, the Kabale RDC who also chairs the taskforce, on Friday announced that the decision was reached after the district recorded an unprecedented 45 Covid19 cases in a single day (Thursday).
“The situation has continued to come volatile; that’s why the taskforce resolved to seriously re-energize the set guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures by the Ministry of Health,” he said.
“As the district taskforce, we found that public address systems being used by those contesting for different positions attract big gatherings. Therefore, we have resolved to ban all public address systems in every part of the district.”
Nandinda added that whereas the public address systems are also considered by the electoral commission as a means of scientific campaigning, politicians in the district must devise other means of campaigning such as door to door campaigns, use of radios, telephoning and holding meetings of not more than 200 people.
Kabale is now the second district in Kigezi region to ban the use of public address system during campaigns after Rukiga district.
Meanwhile, besides loud speakers, the Kabale taskforce has also banned young people from engaging in sports activities is public playgrounds.
“It has come out that many young people have been engaging in sports activities without observing covid-19 guidelines and the taskforce realized that such games may continue spreading coronavirus. Therefore, football and other games are hereby stopped with immediate effect until when the ministry of health advises”, Mr Nandinda added.
He then ordered police and other security agencies to arrest any person who will be found disregarding the new orders and other guidelines from the ministry of health, so that they are taken to court.
Kabale district has so far registered 9 deaths, since the outbreak of the Covid 19 in March this year.