Minister Bahati Roots for Covid-19 Testing at In-law’s Send Off

State Minster for Planning in the Ministry of Finance, David Bahati has advised Ugandans to test for coronavirus to know their status so as to assist government to stem the continuous spread of the deadly pandemic in the country.

“We urge you those who can afford testing themselves for Covid-19 to do it and know their status.  Government is extending testing centers to upcountry Districts so that if you can afford testing yourself you do it there to assist government to know those that have the virus, and those who need assistance,” said Bahati.

Bahati made the remarks on Thursday at the funeral of his brother in-law, James Turyakira who succumbed to pancreatic cancer at Mulago Hospital on Tuesday.  A handful of mourners attended.

Bahati also cautioned the public against recklessly rejecting governments’ efforts in fighting against coronavirus.

“This virus is real. I don’t know if you have watched TV and witnessed how Brazil and other hard-hit countries in the world are burying people in mass graves.  This won’t happen to Uganda as long as we keep cooperative with government’s guidelines on Covid-19,” he observed.

Catherine Ndamira Atwakire, the Kabale woman legislator commenting on the matter said Ugandans only need to sacrifice and join government in fighting coronavirus.

“Prevention is better than cure; once you die you don’t live again. I am telling you this because you are still joking with this virus.  Your lives are precious,” said Ndamira.

The deceased was married to Christine Turyakira, Minister Bahati’s elder sister. The couple had four children. He died at 59.


He was laid to rest in Bukooro, Ndorwa west constituency Kabale district.

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