Government will not lift curfew during Ramadan period, the Minister of State for Internal Affairs, Mario Obiga Kania has told parliament.
While responding to questions raised by Kawempe North MP Abdulatiff Sebagaala Sengendo on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, Kania said there is no need to lift curfew during the fasting period which will run from April 13th to May 12th.
Hon. Sebagala had requested that government relax curfew to allow Muslims observe the Ramadan period as they will be praying, fasting, and reflecting as a community.
He told the house 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.
His submission however was not accepted as Kania told Parliament that upon consultation with senior Muslim leaders they found out that by the curfew time (9:00pm), most of the activities will be done.
Kania says they will be flexible depending on the situation on ground, but advised Muslims to stick to the time.
Kania also said that it is only the President who will make a pronouncement on curfew when advised by the National Task Force on COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Speaker 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.