The former senior presidential press secretary, Joseph Tamale Mirundi has accused top government officials of abetting the stay of the lockdown so that their businesses can thrive.
Speaking today at his weekly ‘One on One’ political talk show at NBS Television, Mirundi says there are new businesses that have emerged in this period. Patented companies producing face masks, (which will be mandatory in public) sanitizers and door to door delivery services are flourishing in this season. It turns out that these are fully run by top government officials who are enjoying this seasonal monopoly since potential citizens to rival them are already consuming their own past savings in a bid to survive in this period. Mirundi relates the incumbent situation to the production of the HIV antidote which he says would put people out of business which explains why the virus has persisted overtime. “If an individual today produces a cure to HIV, will condom companies still operate?,” Mirundi asks. Keeping Ugandans at home is in the interest of the Mafia group which has already established profit making companies that are producing sanitizers, face masks and other covid related products. Mirundi stresses that it will be hard for the economy to reopen when the president is locked up in such a dilemma.
Taskforce hiding food
On the delayed food distribution, Mirundi argues that the taskforce members are deliberately slowing the process. Mirundi’s comments coincidentally corroborate with the findings of the local media which discovered chunks of government food being repackaged in private containers for sale on the market. Mirundi says the food taskforce wants the lockdown to be lifted so that they can sell the food stuff which they are hiding in the stores.
According to Mirundi, Uganda’s lockdown is simply a conflict of interest for the different forces in power. It is a clash between those who are currently benefiting and earning heavily from the lockdown (face masks and sanitizers producers) versus those who want to earn from the aftermath of the lockdown (officials hiding food).
People should coexist with COVID-19
Yesterday, Dr. Ekwaro Obuku, a former leader in the medical profession prophesied a delay in the production of the covid cure. Dr. Obuku advised scientists around the world to sensitise the masses to learn to live with the virus just like malaria and HIV which have been part of the world order for several decades. Dr. Obuku argues that since the cure is far from being made, people should learn to coexist with the virus and conduct their daily transactions to sustain their livelihoods.