Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has directed the country’s treasury to acquire solar television sets and radios that will be used to facilitate homeschooling. In a move to ensure learning continued even as learners stayed away from school due to the coronavirus pandemic, Museveni directed the purchase of 10 million radios and 137,466 TV sets to be distributed to households.
In his directive, the Ugandan head of state said the gadgets needed to be assembled locally and with speed to pave way for the official commencement of home-based learning. With only two electronic’s assembly plants (Saachi and Zhang group), Museveni’s directive is set to test Uganda’s radio and TV production capacity, according to a report filed by Kampala based Daily Monitor on Monday, July 6.
It may also wedge competition on imported devices which are common on the market if successful. According to the Uganda Revenue Authority, the country imported 1.3 million radios between 2014 and 2018. As of Monday, July 6, Kampala had not eased most of its COVID-19 measures with schools and worship places remaining closed. The country had recorded 953 cases of the disease which included 892 recoveries no related fatalities.