In a twist of events as Museveni insists on procuring masks from Nytil, the Health Ministry has overruled that production should be open for all in a bid to pave space for competition.
Sources close to the previous cabinet meeting say, Museveni had insisted on patenting Nytil which produces masks at a snail pace of just 800,000 in a day, something that was strongly contested by Ministers; Aceng and Moruku Kaducu who nearly stormed out of the meeting. The duo argued that patenting Nytil implies that by the second week, a big fraction of Ugandans will not have received the masks.
“Those big grants and loans can only come if the lockdown stays. He seems to be having his selfish motives. But the economy is ailing and Ugandans need to go back to work under the new normal,” the source intimates to our reporter. “Museveni wants to make more money from the lock down which is insensitive and illogical,” the source adds.
Museveni’s initial plan was to tie the lockdown extension on the masks supplies. He had a long term strategy to sabotage the supply of masks that’s why he knowingly opted to tender Nytil because he knew it would not produce the required face masks in the two weeks time frame. It is in the interest of Museveni to delay the lifting of the lockdown. He has political intentions too according to reliable information shared with this site.
However, Minister Aceng insisted and asked him to bury the hatchet and allow Ugandans to get back to their work places under the ‘new normal’ guidelines. By closure of the cabinet gathering, Aceng and Moruku swore to open masks production on a larger scale to allow in other small producers. In an online appeal seen by this reporter on the Health Ministry’s website, other local producers have been rallied to formally apply to be granted permission to produce and supply.