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Confirmed: Museveni to announce final decision on reopening of schools, churches on Sunday

President Yoweri Museveni. Courtesy Photo

President Yoweri Museveni will announce his government’s final decision on reopening of churches, schools and the entertainment industry in his address at the weekend.

One of the key decisions Museveni will announce is in regard to a proposal to allow schools to reopen their gates to final year students and candidates.

Days ago, the president’s senior press secretary Don Wanyama announced a tentative date for the presidential address.

Now, Wanyama has informed Ugandans that Museveni’s address will be shifted from the earlier date of Saturday, September 19 to the following day.

“The Presidential Address on Covid-19 has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 20th, 8pm,” wrote Wanyama.

Speculation, especially on reopening of schools, has been rife, with social media awash with unverified revised dates.

On September 13, ICT and National Guidance Minister Judith Nalule Nabakooba warned Ugandans against speculating on reopening of schools and churches.

Minister Nabakooba noted that a meeting between Museveni and the National Task Force members on Covid19 had discussed “the progress being made regarding the safety standards for key sectors such as churches, schools, the airport and many others.”

But she expressed concern that she had since “seen a number of attempts by different institutions coming out to announce different dates of resuming operations.”

“Whereas it is not bad for institutions to continue with their planning and preparing for resumption of business, it is wrong for them to continue announcing dates.”

The Mityana Woman MP made it clear that “the President will very soon come out to address the nation on the progress being made and I call upon everyone to remain calm as they wait.”

That date has been set, and Ugandans will know the fate of schools, churches and entertainment centres by end of September 20.

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