The government of Uganda, in a move to protect citizens and prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19), postponed the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled to begin towards the end of the year.
A Ugandan local publication ran a piece informing that President Yoweri Museveni has put off forth-coming Uganda’s general election owing to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Museveni postpones next year’s elections to 2023 due to coronavirus,” the publication said.
“The lives of Ugandans are very important more than anything else. I have consulted with my ministers and we find it reasonable to suspend elections till 2023,” Museveni purportedly said.
“All candidates must now suspend their campaigns and stay indoors. This will protect our people. Elections will come and go but we must protect lives,” Museveni added.
According to disease control experts, gatherings such as the campaign rallies and election strategy meetings are some of the quickest ways to spread the virus among the population.
Uganda has taken steps to ensure the country is free from the virus by ensuring a mandatory 14 days quarantine for all foreigners accessing the country.