RUKUNGIRI- Hon. Dombo Emmanuel the National Resistance Movement secretariat director of communications has criticized Hon. Ministers for deliberately bleaching Standard Operating Procedures SOPs put in place to curb down the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
While appearing on a local radio talk show in Rukungiri district, Hon Dombo stated that Ministers should be an example to others rather than acting opposite to what is required from the public.
“I wonder why the police are not arresting these Ministers because I also get difficult in explaining and defending their faults to the public” Hon. Dombo added.
This comes after Hon. Dr Jane Ruth Aceng the Minister of Health shocked the nation in a video that made rounds on social media showing her addressing a rally in Lira District without wearing a facemask on Friday 10 July 2020.
After several critics, Minister Aceng released a statement indicating that she was not holding a political rally but rather launching the distribution of face masks in Aromo Subcounty and training people on how to properly use them.
This week also, President Yoweri Museveni during the 19th presidential address on Coronavirus responded in her favor.
“Our minister Jane Ruth Aceng got a problem in Lira. She asked me if she could go and stand in Lira. I told her no, her constituency is in Nakasero. That was when we were in Togo in January” President Museveni said.
“I thought I had convinced her to leave the Langi alone and concentrate on the work in the ministry. But when she did a good job with coronavirus, the Langi wrote to me and said she must go and become an MP,” Museveni added.
Museveni said Aceng put herself in the problem which she could not solve afterwards.
“Now, when she went to distribute masks, those Langi women who are very tough people, went into a procession. The video went viral and the people rightly questioned why she was congregating people yet she had asked them not to congregate”.
“I don’t think she asked them to come and have a rally. The problem was she put herself in a situation where people gathered in a crowd,” he said.
Other Ministers that have since faced massive public criticism over making rallies during the pandemic include Hon Ephraim Kamuntuthe Minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs, Hon. Benna Namugwanya the State Minister for Kampala Capital City Authority, Hon. Edward Sekandi the Vice President and Captain Mike Mukula former State Minister of health.
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