Kampala, Uganda – Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has spoken out on social media pictures of her reportedly holding a ‘political rally’ in Aromo Sub county on Friday July 10, that is in contravention of government’s directive on public gatherings.
In a statement released via her Facebook page, Aceng denies holding a political rally but says she was rather sensitising the locals on the use of face masks and how they can be worn.
“My attention is drawn to social media posts of pictures of me meeting crowds with no social distancing and no masks and even alleging that I was holding a political rally,” Dr. Aceng posted on Facebook.
“I would like to reiterate that I was not holding a political rally. I was launching the distribution of face masks in Aromo Subcounty and training people on how to properly use the masks on Friday 10 July 2020,” the minister said.
However, Ugandans on a number of social media platforms have criticised Dr. Aceng on how her as a Minister that ‘has been leading the fight against COVID-19 could be in a crowd of people who had no face masks and weren’t social distancing.
According to the minister, people were happy when they heard that she was in the area and so they gathered to see “mama corona”
“They got excited when they heard about face masks, and specifically the Minister for health whom they call ‘mama Corona’ and rushed to see me. They were difficult to control as seen in the picture as many wanted to take pictures and also get masks from me,” Dr Aceng said.
“As the Minister who is at the helm of the Corona response and an aspiring Woman MP of Lira District, I am cognizant of the rules and guidelines that we as the government have put in place,” she added.
She appealed to Ugandans to continue wearing masks, maintain social distance and wash hands with soap regularly to prevent COVID19.