The Minister of State for Internal
Affairs, Mario Obiga Kania has said there is no need to lift curfew during the time Muslims observe the Ramadan
Obiga Kania said this on Thursday evening while answering to Parliament on a
matter raised by Kawempe North MP Abdulatiff Sebagaala Sengendo said that Government
should relax curfew to allow Muslims observe the Ramadan period. The Ramadan period will run April 13th to May 12th and in this, Muslims will be praying, fasting, and
reflecting as a community.
MP Sengendo says that as part
of Ramadan, Muslims will move for prayers, congregations and break their fast
and they should not be limited by curfew time of 9:00pm.
However, Obiga Kania told Parliament
that upon consultation with senior Muslim leaders they found out that by the
curfew time, that is 9:00pm most of the activities will be done. He however
says that although they will be flexible depending on the situation on ground,
it is advisable for the Muslims to stick to the time.
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by Parliament on why curfew has remained and yet it is affecting Ugandans, Obiga Kania said
that it is only the President who will make a pronouncement on curfew when
advised by the National Task Force on COVID-19.
The Speaker of Parliament
Rebecca Kadaga demanded that since cabinet sits on Monday, Government should
come back with a detailed statement on curfew on Tuesday, and a plan towards relaxing it.
He said it is not okay for the Minister to suggest that Muslims fasting can move beyond curfew time and then non Muslims are not catered for.