itemprop=”headline”>Ugandans To Be Fined Heavily For Violating Covid-19 SOPs As Government Finalizes Plan
Posted on June 24, 2021
The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has finished drafting fines that Ugandans will pay for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) which were put in place by government because of the increase in the spread of Covid-19 in Uganda.
Finance minister Matia Kasaijja said the document has already been sent to cabinet and will be approved during the 42 days of lock down.
“The document with the fines is already on table. We drafted it and we forwarded it to cabinet for approval and the fines will be introduced within these 42 days of lockdown,” he told Journalists at the Ministry of Finance headquarters in Kampala during the handover ceremony
He said that this will relieve government the burden of imprisoning people over small offences like violation of standard operating procedures.
“We don’t want to congest prisons with many inmates. Fines are best option as of now because also the government wants money to operate,” he said.
Recently, President Museveni ordered a total lockdown fir 42 days due to a surge in Covid-19 cases and increased deaths of people with the virus.
He proposed and asked the Ministry of Finance to come up with an instrument that the government will use to make sure that people observe SOP’s
He also warned bar owners that their licenses risk being terminated forever if they do not observe the procedures as the second wave of Covid-19 is more deadly than the first wave.