KAMPALA – Uganda’s state minister of Finance in charge of Investment and Privatization, Evelyn Anite, has warned the public against buying and wearing masks with colours and symbols representing political parties.
Minister Anite’s call comes months after government warned its citizens against wearing red berets associated with firebrand opposition MP and musician Robert Kyagulani alias Bobi Wine.
In a post on Facebook, the minister said that the battle against Covid- 19 is meant to save lives and not to be politicized.
“Caution therefore goes out to manufacturers not to produce face masks with political colors or symbols as Government will only buy masks that aren’t politically branded and meet Uganda National Bureau of Standards and Uganda National Drug Authority quality standards,” Anite said.
The minister’s post on Facebook, follows remarks she made on Wednesday, May 21, during a meeting with Ugandan Manufacturers that was called to devise measures of boosting the production of locally made quality face masks.
According to Anite, her words caution, are in line President Yoweri Museveni’s warning where he urged Ugandan not to politicize the fight against coronavirus.
”We will only take those with neutral colors, because we do not want to politicise the masks,” she added.
Just like is the norm lately, Anite calls on Ugandans to continue adhering to ministry of health guidelines like washing hands with soap and water, sanitize surroundings and wear face masks to reduce the spread of Covid-19.