The minister of Works and Transport, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala has said government may consider halting public transport due to failure by some taxi operators and passengers to follow Covid-19 preventive measures.
In a tweet, Wamala wrote: “With the increasing cases of community transmission, we may be forced to halt public transport.”
When public transport was reopened over a month ago, operators were told to carry half capacity, to have sanitisers and to ensure that passengers wear mask.
Yet there appears to be a laxity in following these guidelines.
Fellow Ugandans, it has come to my attention that some taxi operators and motorists are not obeying the #COVID19 guidelines in place.
With the increasing cases of community transmission, we may be forced to halt public transport.#StaySafeUG
God bless you!
— General Edward Katumba Wamala (@GenWamala) August 17, 2020
Over the last couple of weeks there has been a surge in a number of Covid-19 infections in Kampala and the metropolitan area. Currently Uganda has reported a total of 1500 Covid-19 infections and 13 deaths.
However, eight of the 13 deaths reported so far are from the city and surrounding areas.