KAMPALA – The annual Uganda – France Friendship week, which was supposed to be held between March 21st and 28th, has been postponed over Covid-19 concerns.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, French Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Jules – Armand Aniambossou said that while the Ministry of Health had inspected the various venues of the events, they resolved to call off the celebrations.
He said they are not in the mood to feast and all events from the fashion week, the military day, a football match featuring international players Samuel Eto’ o, Yaya Toure, El-Hadji Diouf and Emmanuel Eboue who were going to play against former Uganda Cranes players, a rugby game and a music concert have been put on hold.
William Blick of the International Olympics Committee says by Friday they were still optimistic that the events will be held after going through the guidelines for organizing public events by the Ministry of Health.
According to William Blick, when Kenya and Rwanda confirmed coronavirus cases, its then that they realized it’s risky to go ahead.
Africa Tembelea understands that this was going to be the 4th edition of the event where proceeds collected go towards building sporting facilities in disadvantaged schools around the country.
As of Sunday afternoon, there have been atleast 153, 517 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide. While 64,000 people are said to have recovered, more than 4,200 have died.
Governments are now limiting travel – both inward and outward – to curb the movement of people.
While Uganda has NO case of COVID-19, France that was going to have a number of its nationals travel in for the merrymaking had 829 confirmed cases by Sunday with some 91 deaths.