Minister Jane Aceng has had a stressful week with public lambasting her for breaking her own rules on fight against Covid-19.
Pictures of Aceng emerged on social media with several people in northern Uganda who appeared not to be observing social distancing and wearing masks.
Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye was among Ugandans incensed with the pictures posted of the minster, blasting her for not showing exemplary leadership.
However, Dr. Aceng Sunday morning woke up to clear the air on the happenings at Aromo Sub County where she was conducting training on mask wearing and distributing mosquito nets.
Below is her statement which she shared on her social media platforms.
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.
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.
However, at the time, village health teams and other youth were also being oriented on the processes for distribution of the Long-lasting mosquito net distribution nearby.
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.
I took the time to educate these youth on the same as well as on the face masks. They left as very knowledgeable people appreciating the importance of face masks and social distancing.
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.
I continue to appeal to you all to wear your masks, maintain social distance and wash your hands with soap regularly to prevent COVID19.
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng
Minister for Health
12 July 2020.
Award winning journalist and writer who has worked as a stringer for a couple of acclaimed South Africa based German journalists, covered 3 Ugandan elections, 2008 Kenya election crisis, with interests in business and sports reporting.