In wake of the spike in the COVID-19 cases numbering to 66 that were recorded by the Ministry of Health on Sunday, the Transport and Works Minister Gen. Katumba Wamala has threatened to reimpose a ban on public transport.
His bitter caution comes barely two months after public transport was allowed to resume. Katumba says they are receiving reports from the Health Ministry that the community infections are skyrocketing due to the reluctance of public transport operators who are allegedly declining to adhere to the guising standard operating procedures such as use of hand wash sanitizers and mandatory wearing of face masks and shields.
It is against the background that government is now set to revive the ban on public transport.
In a Monday tweet, Katumba warns;
“Fellow Ugandans, it has come to my attention that some taxi operators and motorists are not obeying the COVID-19 guidelines in place. With the increasing cases of community transmission, we may be forced to halt public transport.”
It should be recalled that while addressing the public in March, Museveni ordered the suspension of public transport as Uganda was in her initial phase of the pandemic. Public transport which covers buses, taxis and Boda Bodas was consequently banned to scientifically limit the spread of the virus. People however say this is a deliberate political attempt to halt Ugandans from going back to their villages where majority are registered as voters. “While other countries with serious cases are easing the lockdown, Uganda is making life hard for citizens. This is all deliberate and the state simply wants to disenfranchise the masses,” political analyst Mike Sseremba says.