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Minister Threatens to Resign over Covid19 “Witch-hunt”

State Minister of Mineral Development, Sarah Opendi Acheing, has threatened to resign from her ministerial position over alleged witch-hunt from people in government.

Opendi said on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday that she has been wrongly accused of forcefully picking her husband from the Entebbe International Airport when he returned from a high risk country.

The former junior health minister is married to FDC MP Atkins Katushabe

“There are people circulating information that I have been put under quarantine after getting exposed to COVID-19 risk persons,” she said.

Opendi, who furnished the house with documents including the letter of clearance from the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Henry Mwebasa, strongly disassociated herself from the allegations that she helped the husband to the dodge quarantine.

“It is alleged that I forcefully removed my husband from the airport, something which is totally false.”

The letter from Dr. Mwebasa says Opendi has never travelled out of recent and has never been put under quarantine.

“This is to confirm that Hon. Sarah Opendi has not been in either self or institutional quarantine since she has not travelled outside during March 2020 according to her passport number D0000OO95,” said Dr. Mwebasa.

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The State Minister even laid on the floor her COVID-19 test results indicating that she is negative.

She now wants the people in government alleging that she helped her husband to dodge institutional quarantine to produce evidence lest she resigns from Cabinet.

“I am going to tender in my resignations if they adduce evidence,” said Opendi.

She stressed that some ministers have travelled out of the country, never subjected themselves to the required quarantine and are moving around doing their work.

She accused in particular the Head of State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema to be among the people behind the witch-hunt.

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