Kawempe North MP elect Muhammad Segirinya will miss his first dose of COVID-19 vaccination, which shall commence tomorrow Thursday march 25 and 26, according to the pronouncement of the Parliament.
The Speaker announced that the two days will see both the 11th and 10th Members of Parliament and the Cabinet members, receiving their COVID-19 jab at the Parliament.
Segirinya by this time will still be in Kitalya Prison where he was remanded over Charges of inciting violence and engaging in unlawful protest while he demanded for the realize of all political prisoners that belonged to the NUP
Segirinya through his lawyers led by Shamim Malende applied for bail, due to his condition but Gladys Kamasanyu the Buganda Road Magistrate declined.
Kamasanyu said that the court had several matters to attend to and that therefore Segirinya should be remanded to Kitalya Prison up to 8 April.
The court presided over by Buganda Road Court Magistrate on protests by Segirinya, and others still at large a charge which the accused denied
Resident State Attorney Jackline Akao also informed the court that the investigations were already complete adding that they will be conducting a trial on the said date.
The speaker of parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga while at the 100 parliamentary anniversary held at the parliamentary building, announced that all MPs from the 10 and 11parliament were to receive their covid 19 first jab starting on Thursday and Friday this week and the next dose in two months’ time and encouraged they should all endeavor and attend the session.
Segirinya was arrested on Monday, 22 March, from Mini Price, downtown Kampala during a protest organized to contest the outcome of the January 14, presidential election, and to demand the release of National Unity Platform supporters who are detained in various facilities across the country.
The country wide COVID-19 Vaccination exercise begun on Thursday 11th March, however, the official launch of the vaccination exercise took place on the 10th March at Mulago Specialized Women’s and Neonatal Hospital
The campaign started with the priority group including the frontline health workers who have been pivotal in the COVID-19 response, teachers, security personnel, the elderly and those with underlying illnesses and government officials.
And though the vaccine has received a lot of critic especially from Foreign Countries, Ministry of Health said it was safe to provide the vaccine to all age groups above 18 years, pregnant and lactating mothers and it even recommended the vaccine to those with previous history of infection with the corona virus.
Health workers were vaccinated between 10th -15th March 2021 followed by teachers/ Lecturers from 16th to 19th March, and the security personnel including SFC, UPDF and Prisons who have also been recently vaccinated
Uganda received a total of 964,000 doses including the 864,000 that arrived on Friday 5th March 2021 from the COVAX facility and 100,000 doses that arrived on 7th March 2021 from the Government of India. Over 40 districts received on a total of 55 which were estimated to receive the vaccine.