President Museveni has passed a doctrine in which he says people that fall short of the expectations of the SOPs should be made to pay a hefty sum.
Instead of the previous situation in which they were taken to jail, violators of the Standard Operating Procedures now have to face a hefty sum imposed on them to teach them a lesson by which they’ll live.
This announcement was meant by the President while he was addressing the country last evening in which he said that last March, the virus was contained unlike this time round when it has surged.
He attributes the difference to the fact that people are being reluctant in adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures that have been set by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Due to the increasing number of covid-19 patients, he said, “I would like to remind you all that COVID-19 control and prevention is a responsibility of everyone. I therefore urge all Ugandan to adhere to SOPs; wash hands with soap and water frequently, wear face masks, social distancing and avoid mass gatherings.”
In a situation where the above measures were breached, the President decided that, “Violation of these measures, will lead to fines that will be given out soon in a statutory instrument signed by the Permanent Secretary.”
He further said the culprits shall have to pay hefty sums since they don’t care about their own health as well as the health of fellow Ugandans that are at risk of contracting the deadly virus now.
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“Those who don’t care about the health of Ugandans will pay financially. We will not take you to jail. You will dig into your pockets to go to the bank and pay the fine,” said President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The President also said that this development shall surely help to cut down on congestion in prisons since the police will only be necessitated to charge people instead of arresting them like they did previously.