President Museveni has asked church leaders to remain calm as scientists and leaders from the Inter-religious Council study the situation to advise on the reopening of spiritual gatherings.
During his 19th address to the nation giving update on the status of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, President Museveni said that they are weighing options of opening churches because they gather a lot of people from different sources.
“We are still discussing with church leaders on how this could be done safely; scientists should discuss with the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) if they agree, I will support it,” Museveni said.
Several church leaders led by Bishop David Kiganda have since appealed to government to consider reopening churches and have thus put up a protest by wearing sack clothes lamenting for the continued closure of churches.
Kiganda and the proponents argue that churches are better placed to put in place standard operating procedures (SOPs) like ensuring social distance, wearing of masks, sanitizing as well as keeping records of all members that attend a given church session for proper monitoring.
Museveni has as well maintained that schools shall also remain closed since they also gather a lot of students.
“For schools, before September we shall have to make a big decision because our third term begins in September. We are studying the situation because our schools are many and have huge number of learners and are overcrowded,” Museveni said.
Museveni noted that in the meantime, government through the Ministry of Education shall put more emphasis on distance learning adding that so far funds have been secured and will be buying radios that they will distribute to each home soon.