Mbayo also says that all those who will attend the function will be required to take a Covid-19 test before they are allowed access to the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds where the swearing-in will take place.
At least 4042 people including 21 heads
of State are expected to attend President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s
6th swearing-in ceremony. Speaking at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala,
Esther Mbayo, the minister in charge of the presidency, said the decision is aimed
at conforming to the Standard Operating Procedures meant to contain the spread
According to the standing
Standard Operating Procedures, all political gatherings are restricted to only
200 people. However, Mbayo said that since the swearing-in ceremony is a special
occasion that occurs only once every five years, they sought a waiver from the Ministry of Health and the Attorney General to have more people.
She says that they will still
observe other SOPs such as social distancing and hand washing. Mbayo also says
that all those who will attend the function will be required to take a Covid-19
test before they are allowed access to the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds where the swearing-in will take place.
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Asked whether even heads of state will be tested before they are allowed in the
country, Mbayo said only their entourage will be tested. Mbayo also refused to disclose the names
of the heads of state who have confirmed attendance. She said however that
invitation had been extended to 42 heads of state both from Africa and the rest
of the world.
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Also invited to attend the ceremony from within the country include; all former
presidential candidates, ministers and ministers of state, all MPs-elect,
members of the Central Executive Committee, some religious and cultural
leaders, 17 delegates from each district, members of the East African
Legislative Assembly and some members of the business community.
President Museveni was declared by the
Electoral Commission as the winner of the January 14 elections having defeated
10 other candidates with 58 per cent of all valid votes cast. If he completes
his term in 2026, Museveni will have collectively ruled Uganda for 40