By Agnes Kiconco
KIU, Main Campus - In a comment made at his residence in Nakasero over the weekend, President Museveni noted that his address made on New Year’s Eve is still valid, and that nothing changes in relation to opening bars and entertainment centers two weeks after school reopening (January 24).
“Nothing changes, just like I communicated earlier, whatever I said still stands (Bars can open),” Museveni said.
During his address on New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2021), Museveni said performing arts venues and movies, sporting events, bars, and other activities will be open two weeks after the reopening of schools on January 10, 2022, with SOPs as directed by the Ministry of Health.
Two weeks having elapsed on Sunday, January 23, bars are now free to open, allowing the night economy to bloom after a long period of closure.
The president however insisted that Boda Boda’s will not be allowed to operate beyond 7:00 pm. He said together with his committee, a review will be made, and the terms communicated accordingly.
“My Boda Boda people I had asked that they stop at 7:00 pm but I have seen them protesting in different ways and on media platforms. However, I have asked the committee to look into their matter,” he said, adding that the committee based mostly on the security perspective rather than the health perspective to stop Boda Bodas at 7:00 pm.
“I have asked them to leave the security and look at other perspectives, they will review it and communicate. Meanwhile, the rest should continue as per my initial address,” Museveni added.