By Goodluck Musinguzi
Political parties in Uganda are busy ahead of 2021 General Elections with thousands of candidates seeking to vie office using their party symbols. However,with the biggest political party National Resistance Movement registering two coronavirus cases among its staff in Kampala there is cause to worry.
Frank Rusa, IPOD Executive Secretary and Country Representative Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy said this at Kasangati Resort Center Hotel while attending the UPC party delegates conference.
Rusa in an interview with Kigezi News Group said the Ministry of Health has announced that its available to test workers of political parties every week because they get in touch with many people who visit party headquarters or branch offices.
“Take advantage of the offer from from Ministry of Health because democracy is for health people not dead ones. Political parties check your staff reguraly”, Rusa said.
He applauded government of Uganda through Ministry of Health for availing this service to our political parties.
Hon Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health announced the availability of testing services to each political party when requested. She said NRM party was not favored but wrote requesting for the service.
Hon Jimmy Akena, the President elect of Uganda People’s Congress while addressing close to 500 delegates said coronavirus is real as its killing many people across the world.
“I ask all Uganda People’s Congress leaders to follow guidelines given out by the Ministry of Health. We should keep alive”, Akena said.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of World Health Organization has appealed to political parties around the world to be united in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
“My message to political parties, do not politicize this virus. If you care for your people , work across party lines and ideologies”, Dr Tedros said.
However, Coronavirus has been over politicized in Uganda with few leaders coming to remind people of Standard Operating Procedures(SOPs). Some argue the leaders of NRM are not following guidelines and therefore on that basis they should do the same.
Frank Rusa’s appeal comes after Uganda registered the fourth death of coronavirus pandemic with over 1,154 cases confirmed , 1028 recoveries.
Duncan Kamugisha a voter in Kampala said he will be pleased to see other political parties conduct tests for its staff otherwise the reckless ones will be shunned when their members fall sick.