President Yoweri Museveni has sued the Daily Monitor – Uganda’s leading independent newspaper over a story that claimed that he and his inner circle had received jabs of China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine months ahead of health workers and other vulnerable groups.
On February 23, the newspaper carried an article under the headline, Museveni ‘inner circle’ got Covid jabs – US paper which was based on a report by the Wall Street Journal, a celebrated New York, USA based newspaper, indicating that Museveni’s inner circle were offered vaccines from China state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm as the Chinese moved to promote its vaccines.
The report was published four days after Museveni hosted Yang Jiechi, a member of the political bureau of the central committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
In a speech to commemorate the International Women’s Day, Museveni refuted the reports and revealed that he had sued the newspaper.
“I am going to get from the Daily Monitor money for my party and myself because they said that I had hidden and got vaccinated myself secretly with my wife… I have already put the case in court, Monitor, I will make them bankrupt unless they kneel and apologise,” Museveni said
Uganda’s version of the day’s celebration was held under the theme; Building on Women’s Strength for a Better Future in the Covid-19 World.
Museveni said that the country had registered some positives in the fight against Covid-19, reporting that the infection curve is steadily going down. Museveni attributed this to the development of good analysis, taking time to understand the characteristics of the disease and the ability by the majority of Ugandans to listen to advice by health workers.
“We are moving well, we think we are about to get out of this crisis of corona because I see things are moving well from whichever side,” he said.
He added that the government is working on having in place a Ugandan-made vaccine.
“We don’t want to depend on others, it took us a little bit of time because when we were looking for things to use, they said; “you Africans, what are you looking the vaccine for?” You wait, we shall get it and send you… Africans don’t look for vaccines; that’s what we were told,” Museveni said.
Meanwhile, Museveni blamed poverty for the increasing cases of gender based violence (GBV).
“The family is not earning, those people are fighting over poverty, they are not earning,” he said. “Not long ago, the 2014 Census said that 68 percent of homesteads are working for the stomach,” he said.
According to Museveni, there is a need to ensure that people earn a comfortable living and that this is the only way calls for respect of different rights will yield.
He said that social economic transformation should be key if Ugandan women are to transform totally. According to Museveni, everybody should be engaged in four sectors of the economy that the government is focusing on which are commercial agriculture, small factories (Industry), services or Information Communication and Technology (ICT).
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