After Uganda confirmed her first case of coronavirus on March 21, 2020, Ugandans started taking the situation more seriously. We have seen some taxi drivers and Boda Boda riders attach a jerrycan of water and soap to their cars and motorbikes as well as sanitizers. This is all to reduce the spread of the virus.
While most countries’ coordination efforts are led by health practitioners, several artistes in Uganda have stepped in to demonstrate to the public their commitment to stay safe.
They have tried to create awareness through their social media platforms to support the Ministry of Health in preventing the spread of the coronavirus within Uganda. Bobi Wine, Jose Chameleone, Bebe Cool Spice Diana and Eddy Kenzo who is currently out of the country among others are the artistes who are creating awareness to stay safe.
On March 22, 2020, the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Bobi Wine real name Robert Kyagulanyi distributed handwashing kits to constituency leaders in a bid to fight deadly COVID-19 and encouraged each one of them to offer leadership in their respective parishes. He also tasked these leaders to encourage regular hand washing, practicing social distancing, and reporting all suspected cases to the authorities. “We continue doing our best while we pray that God does the rest.
He didn’t stop at that as he and his family took to social media dressed in t-shirts that create awareness to continue the fight against the virus.
“We shall win the fight against #COVID?19 if we take those simple yet effective steps recommended by experts. Let the fight begin right from families & communities. Stop the stigma but remain alert. Everyone is a potential victim & potential carrier. #CreateAwareness #Twebelelemu” read one of the posted he put up on Twitter.
Mayor hopeful Jose Chameleone real names Joseph Mayanja has also taken part in the drive in a different way. The ‘Baliwa’ singer took it upon himself on March 22, 2020, and bought hand sanitizers for people. In a video shared on his social media pages, Chameleone is seen hand-sanitizing people on the streets.
“Today I took the trouble to buy sanitizers and shared them with my people. I gave sanitizers and all the friends I met will teach the other about sanitization and safety, we need to battle this together. Let us reach out to our people against this pandemic,” he shared on his social media pages.
The musician also used the same chance to humbly ask the President to waive taxes on disinfectants so that they can be affordable for all. Due to the high demand for hand sanitizers, retailers have increased their prices to more than double, making them expensive for many people. He didn’t stop as he recording an awareness message and shared it on his social media pages.
Gagamel singer Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool is also not seated as he has opened his Ntinda based studios to musicians with a first come first serve offer. According to the ‘Wire Wire’ singer, this will not only give you more good music but also keep your brain away from stress, keep you strong and am sure at the end of this Coronavirus war, you will reap more than you ever dreamt.
He also posted a video on social media advising the students who have been released from school to stay home to stay safe. He goes on to elaborate that the disease doesn’t affect only the elderly but also the young people and requested everyone to obey the President’s directives to help the ministry of health control the spread of the disease.