Following her alleged failure to account for the over 31Bn spent on Covid-19 test kits, Science and Technology Minister Dr. Monica Musenero on Tuesday Left PAC Speechless when she said it is no longer necessary for Ugandans to test for Covid-19 Tests.
The Minister came up with this while appearing before the Committee to answer queries on Why machines were procured to facilitate research and development of COVID-19 vaccines that have never been utilized.
Asuman Busakirwa, Vice Chairperson of the committee queries why Covid 19 test is only done during presidential events which raises an issue of a double standard to the Committee.
Asked to explain the situation from a current point of view, Dr. Musenero claims that the president himself insists the test should always be done during any event he attends. She further ascertained that any entity can choose to do the test though it is no longer mandatory.
“According to public health, the risk is low enough,” Musenero noted
Recently, the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament summoned the minister to understand how the 31Billion COVID-19 vaccine money was utilized
The MPs also accused the minister of employing scientists close to her which frauds the PPDA Regulations because the project was initiated by the ministry of science, technology, and Innovation through the Presidential science initiative on epidemics(PRESIDE). She however denied the allegations
Despite the government Investing over 31 Billion shillings in COVID-19 research, little progress has been made in Vaccine development.