The leader of People’s Front for Transition (PFT) , Dr. Kizza Besigye, has said the premature closure of schools by the government is not because of ebola but the harsh economic situation that the country is undergoing at the moment.
Besigye’s remarks came days after the government directed schools to ensure early examinations for non-candidate classes, so that schools can close early for the third term holidays.
The move, according to the government, is aimed at decongesting schools and minimizing the risk of spreading ebola.
But politicians including educationists have expressed different views on the decision with some questioning if the homes the children are returning to are safe while others feel it was the correct decision to make.
Speaking to the media in Kampala, Besigye said the announcement made by the government on the early closure of schools is not an ebola closure, it’s the economic crisis closure.
“It’s ridiculous to say ebola is spreading in schools. Besides, control of ebola is easier in regulated environments like that of schools. Our education continues to be very negatively impacted, “he said.
The opposition behemoth blamed the situation on what he deems ridiculous expenditures by the government and the state hence calling on the country to take measures to avert the economic crisis.
“These struggles we face in the education sector are not partisan. Their impacts will not be felt by FDC parents or NUP parents, but even those who consider themselves yellow, their children will also experience the impact, “he stated.
He claimed that there is an attempt by the regime to divert people away from the crisis and focus on the 2026 election.
On the issue regarding the state of security in the country, Besigye said many young people are paying a huge price for the state terror regime and abuse of rights.
“The growing cases of crime are a result of the economic crisis. In response, the state has raised terror levels instead of dealing with the economic crisis. Drone kidnappings, especially of young people, have escalated, “he said.
He stated that the episode of grabbing guns is not an ordinary crime but is a political response to the crisis.