The opposition Democratic Party (DP) President General Nobert Mao has called on Government to lift the current COVID-19 lockdown.
It is about 3 months now since President Museveni announced a lockdown on March 18, 2020, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda.
While addressing reporters at party headquarters in Kampala, Mao said that the lockdown should be lifted to enable people to get back to work and children go back to school.
“We need the lockdown to be lifted so that we go back to work, so that our children can go back to school and also because we want the freedom to do what we want with our lives. The lockdown has been necessitated by the consideration of the worst possible outcome of the pandemic,” Mao told journalists.
The measures put in place by Government to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic including the lockdown, Mao said, have caused a lot of harm.
“Families are separated, travel is restricted, inequalities are increasing and the economy is being damaged. Therefore no one should advocate for the lockdown to continue longer than necessary,” said Mao.
While officiating Heroes day celebrations at State House Entebbe on Tuesday, President Museveni said that parents have severally called and told him not to reopen schools to ensure that the safety of their children is guaranteed.
“Many of the parents don’t want schools to open,” said Museveni.
He added that one parent suggested that children should better have a dead year than reopening schools and learners contract the deadly Coronavirus.
“Let the year be wasted but let the children survive,” a parent told Museveni.
Schools were closed on March 18 and were slated to reopen for only candidate classes on June 4, 2020.
However, President Museveni on June 1 announced the postponement of the reopening of schools for candidate classes for one more month.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 665 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 119 recoveries, and no fatalities.