Kampala – The Ministry of Works and Transport has cautioned drivers/motorist to desist from using the exemption stickers issued in March 2020 lockdown; labelling them invalid.
In a notice issued on Saturday June 19, the Works ministry revealed that all stickers issued during March 2020 were not to be used or found on vehicles as the national enters day two of total lockdown.
“All stickers issued in March 2020 Lockdown are NOT VALID in June 2021. Anyone found using them to move will be ARRESTED and PERSECUTED,” Ministry warned in the notice posted on their official Twitter handled
🛑 We are working on the modalities for essential travel as per the directives by @KagutaMuseveni‘s directives on #COVID19.@sussiekats @GenWamala @GCOFUG @UDLSOfficial @UgandaMediaCent pic.twitter.com/fgreUYv3BV
— Ministry of Works & Transport (@MoWT_Uganda) June 19, 2021
The clarification comes hours after Day 1 where multiple vehicles were seen on the road on Saturday June 19 bearing the ‘INVALID’ stickers issued to the essential services sectors as designated by the national anti-COVID-19 task force last year at the wake of COVID-19 in Uganda.
This development comes barely 24-hours since President Museveni re-instated the lockdown that saw the suspension of public and private transport in Uganda as the COVID-19 cases rose with the positivity test rate hitting a record 17percent.
“All cross-boundary district & intra-district movement of public transport; by private vehicles, or bodas is hereby suspended for 42 days effective today (Friday, June 18). No movement of Public & private vehicles. Don’t move! stay where you are,” said Museveni in a televised national address.
Directives issued by President Museveni on June 18, 2021
Background of case
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, President Yoweri Museveni issued a Stay-At-Home advisory to reduce social interaction to help stop the transmission of the virus.
Only essential service providers were permitted to move so as to keep the light on for critical services across the nation. To aid their movement, these essential service providers were issued movement authorization permits, in form of a motor vehicle car sticker.
These include among others; official vehicles of all security forces, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Private Security Companies, media, telecom companies, medical professionals, and utility companies, cargo trucks, whose occupants must carry institutional IDS and in line with the Standard Operative Procedures from the Ministry of Health.