The incumbent president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who is also the presidential candidate for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has said it wasn’t possible to postpone the election due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The President was on Saturday afternoon speaking to NRM leaders for Amuria, Bukedea, Kalaki, Kapelebyong, Katakwi, Kumi, Ngora, Serere and Soroti Districts in Teso Sub-Region as part of his scientific campaign trail.
“Some people were saying we should postpone elections because of Coronavirus, but how do we postpone life? We are going to live with or without Corona. The only thing is how to live safely with Corona like we have done with AIDS and Ebola.” Museveni said.
The president once again emphasized the reasons behind the scientific campaigns noting that it will help to avoid the spread of the virus which has claimed over 168 lives already.
“Not having rallies is not the end of the world. Any action to bring large numbers of people in this pandemic period will cause more infections and some people will die. Many have healed from Corona because we still have small numbers which are manageable, but some have also died,” he said.
Museveni also told the NRM leaders that they need to become priests and preach to the other members of the society about how to remain safe during the Coronavirus pandemic but above all, the achievements of the ruling party.
He reiterated that prior to 1986, Uganda’s economy had totally collapsed but this has been revived by the ruling NRM government, citing it as a huge achievement that cannot be overlooked.
“Now NRM has been here for 34 years and so much has been achieved. The changes and stability we have had must have a reason behind it,” he said.