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Gov’t Responds To UJCC Request To Postpone Elections: ‘You’re Time Wasters’

KAMPALA: Government has responded to the request tabled by Uganda Joint Christian Council to postpone 2021 Elections to 2023 labelling them “Time Wasters”.

This was said by Gov’t spokesperson Ofwono Opondo reacting to Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and other UJCC leaders who tabled the proposal bid for the postponement of 2021 elections to allow President Museveni rule for three more years until 2023.

Archbishop Lwanga and UJCC have hinged their proposal on the fact that Covid19 cases and deaths have risen, and fears that electoral violence is likely to escalate.

With most presidential candidates disregarding Covid19 prevention guidelines, Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MoH) has warned there could be more deaths and infections.

Already, the healthcare system is overwhelmed and home care has been recommended for mild cases.

Hours after Lwanga announced UJCC’s proposal, MoH revealed seven people had succumbed to Covid19 on December 22, bringing the total death toll to 245. Recoveries stand at 10,731 of the cumulative 32,299 cases recorded since March 21.

But according to Ofwono Opondo, Archbishop Lwanga and UJCC’s proposal “has surely been long taken by events and time.”

Uganda is exactly three weeks away from the January 14 elections.

And the government spokesperson, who doubles as the executive director of the Uganda Media Centre, has argued it would be a waste of time of begin discussing such proposals.

“Let’s move on,” “Leave time wasters alone.” Opondo added.

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