March 17, 2020

State House revokes journalists accreditation amid coronavirus fears


By Grace Turyatunga

Entebbe – State House in Entebbe has cancelled accreditation of journalists ahead of President Yoweri Museveni’s national address on coronavirus fears.

The address was scheduled to happen on Wednesday, March 17, and according to Lindah Nabusayi, Senior Press Secretary, the cancelling is to help combat the risk of a possible spread of the virus.

Nabusayi also said that the address will be limited to only members of the Presidential Press Unit (PPU) who will relay the footage to other media houses from Entebbe.

“There will be no access to any other media to State House. We were advised by the relevant health officials against the meeting,” Nabusayi said.

According to the Ministry of Health, Uganda has no confirmed case of the deadly virus although 19 cases have been confirmed in the East African region with neighbours Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, DRC, and South Sudan all with confirmed cases.

The Health Ministry came up with a number of measures including screening at all border points, advising against mass gatherings among other steps taken to ensure Uganda remains virus-free.

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