The Minister for Presidency, Esther Mbayo has revealed that a total of 21 heads of state and government have confirmed their attendance at President Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony slated for 12 May 2021,
“His Excellency the President has extended invitations to 42 heads of state both from Africa and the rest of the world, and so far 21 have confirmed attendance,” Mbayo said.
Earlier reports had indicated that a total of 14 heads of state including Uhuru Kenyatta(Kenya), Samia Suluhu Hassan(Tanzania) Cyril Ramaphosa(South Africa), Salva Kiir(South Sudan), Paul Kagame(Rwanda), Felix Tshisekedi(DRC), Teodoro Obiang Nguema(Equatorial Guinea), Emmerson Mnangagwa(Zimbabwe) and Edgar Lungu(Zambia) had been invited for President Museveni’s inauguration ceremony.
While addressing the media On Tuesday, Mbayo noted that because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the number of guests has been reduced to only 4042 people to ensure social distancing during the swearing-in ceremony at the Kololo Independence grounds.
“The function is therefore strictly by invite. The rest of Ugandans will watch the proceedings on all our national television and radio stations.
The minister said 17 delegates from each district, newly elected MPs, former presidential candidates in the January 14 polls,, Ministers, NRM CEC members, EALA MPs, a few members of the business community, a few religious leaders, a few cultural leaders, and half the list of the normal VIPs have been invited to attend the May 12 swearing-in
According to Mbayo, the government has put in place specific standard operating procedures to be followed by all invited guests at the ceremony at Kololo next week.
“All invited guests will undergo Covid-19 tests before attending the function and all procedures of undertaking those tests will be communicated to them by the invitation committee that has been put in place. Those that are coming in from outside Uganda will also be catered for to observe SOPs both in terms of transport and accommodation,” Mbayo added.