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Lockdown: Museveni Makes U-turn on Private Transport

President Museveni has made a U-turn on the movement of private cars. Private cars will be allowed to move starting May 26 while restrictions on public transport will be relaxed on June 4 as government moves to ease the virus-induced lockdown.

The President had on May 18 directed that both private and public means of transport resume on June 4 after the government had supplied face masks.

“Private cars will be allowed to move on the 26th of May. For border districts, we shall not allow public or private transport. They are on the frontline. They are the ones that can either save or destroy us by allowing infiltration from neighbouring countries. For public transport in the districts that are not near the border, this will be relaxed on June 4. During this time, those concerned will discuss with transporters and make sure everything is in order,” Museveni said while appearing on a televised address on Tuesday to clarify his earlier address.

President Museveni further guided that Ugandans can get facemasks on their own provided they are the right quality.

Clarifying about the fate of boda boda’s, President Museveni maintained that these should continue to carry cargo as they have been doing since the lockdown was imposed.

“We recommended that given the experience we have the bicycle is the best option…for your health and for social distancing. We said boda boda and tuk-tuks should not carry passengers but can keep carrying cargo,” Museveni said.

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