By Sean Yoes
AFRO Baltimore Editor
syoes@afro.com

For the last several weeks the East African nation of Uganda has been under a general lockdown, which included what some would consider draconian consequences for those who violate the restrictions. And this week, the nation’s president announced the lockdown will continue for three more weeks.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has implemented the most stringent policies in East Africa to curb the spread of coronavirus. (Photo/Twitter)

President Yoweri Museveni announced the continuation of policies Until May 5, to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 during a televised address on April 14.

Uganda closed its border and banned international flights except for cargo and emergency flights on March 22, a day after the first case was identified. The country currently has 54 confirmed cases, but there have been no recorded deaths. Prior to the ban on international flights, Uganda imposed a mandatory 14 day quarantine on visitors from several countries including: Italy, Spain, France and the United States.

Yoweri posted a brief workout video to help the citizens of Uganda who are confined to their homes during the country’s lockdown in effect now until May 5. Public group exercise is prohibited. (Courtesy Photo)

The prohibitions to contain COVID-19 in Uganda include:

No public group exercise. All bodaboda (the largest source of public transit in Uganda) operators must stop operating by 2 p.m. Landlords cannot evict tenants defaulting on rent payments. Museveni has also mandated those smuggling passengers in cargo planes will be arrested and charged with murder. Also, “Anyone that violates the health emergency recommendations shall be charged with attempted murder; e.g., secret bars in homes, communal prayers,” according to a statement released by the Ugandan government.

Uganda and neighboring Rwanda have imposed the most stringent restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in East Africa.

Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor