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struggles of ordinary folk not privileged enough to practice social distancing. In fact, COVID-19’s compressional and accelerationist effect has seen the president’s powers skyrocket. His security docket took the lion’s share of the Uganda shillings (UGX) 932.7 billion (USD 250.7 million) supplementary budget allocated to fighting COVID-19, with UGX 400 billion (USD 105.7 million) reportedly earmarked for classified defence spending. The frontline fighters, the Ministry of Health, received UGX 104 billion (USD 27.4 million).11 At the same time, the pandemic has also increased the powers of those purportedly, and surreptitiously, fighting the virus, including the revenue body and telecom companies, all of who are devouring unprecedented amounts of user data. Everything comes. Everything goes. Where to, Uganda? Let’s wait for the next presidential address, perhaps.

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