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Museveni Directs IGP to Lock-up Politicians Holding Open Rallies ahead of 2021 Polls



Museveni has ordered the Inspector General of Police-IGP to arrest anyone including ministers who are caught defying the ministry of health guidelines.

Museveni says both the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and opposition politicians have been holding mass campaigns that have attracted crowds.

“Regarding the politicians that have been gathering People contrary to the guidelines, my order to the IGP is now out. No. 1, no Public meeting of any type have been allowed since March except the ones following the guidelines. In the past, the politicians (Aceng, Anite, etc…. were pleading that the People were gathering against their will.” he explained.

His stiff directives come a time when Uganda’s COVID-19 cases have sharply risen to now 2,679, 1,268 recoveries, and 28 deaths.

“The order now is: “Do not put yourself in a situation where people gather around you. If you do, we shall arrest you.” he said.

Museveni has also declared the 29th of August a Public Holiday during which National prayers will be held.

In a tweet on his official Twitter handle the president wrote “Therefore, by the powers given to the President of Uganda by Section 2(2) of the Public Holidays Act, I declare the 29th of August 2020, a day of National Prayers and a Public Holiday. Stay in your houses or Compounds and pray.”

The Press Secretary to the president Don Wanyama, the National Prayers will start at midday, the theme is, “Thus far has the LORD helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12.

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