President Yoweri Museveni has cautioned Ugandans against flaunting safety precautions issued by the government to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking during a televised address to the nation on Sunday, April 19, 2020, the head of state said that the global fight against COVID-19 can only be compared with a military war, where the ultimate agenda is a harvest of death.
“God has a lot of work, he has the whole world to look after. He cannot just be here in Uganda looking after idiots,” Museveni said.
“In a war situation, nobody asks anyone to stay indoors. You stay indoors by choice. In fact, if you have a basement, you hide there for as long as hostilities persist,” he added.
Mr. Museveni further cautioned those asking for freedom to desist from doing so, noting that during a war, one should not insist on their freedom, but rather willingly give up their freedom in exchange for survival.
‘During a war, you do not complain of hunger. You bear hunger and pray that you live to eat again,” he said.
The president also said that, the world was in a ‘state of war’ that does not involve guns, bullets, human soldiers, or sacred zones.
According to Mr. Museveni, the army in the fight against COVId-19 was without mercy, without any human kindness, and that it was indiscriminate with no respect for children, women, or places of worship.
“This army is not interested in the spoils of war. It has no intention of regime change. It is not concerned about the rich mineral resources underneath the earth,” Museveni said.
“It is not even interested in religious, ethnic or ideological hegemony. It’s ambition has nothing to do with racial superiority. It is an invisible, fleet footed, and ruthlessly effective army,” he added.
The president said that, the pandemic’s capacity to achieve its aim was not in doubt and that even without a ground, amphibious and aerial machines, it had bases in almost every country. He was however quick to point out that the enemy had a weakness, and that it could be defeated if we agreed to collective action, discipline and forbearance.
He called on Ugandans to continue observing ‘social distancing’ and good personal hygiene if the virus was to be defeated.
‘It is helpless when you take your destiny in your own hands by keeping them sanitized as often as possible,” and this was “not a time to cry about bread and butter like spoilt children,” Museveni said.