Kabale district Covid-19 taskforce has failed to enforce presidential directives aimed at stopping the spread of covid-19, according to the Kabale district resident commissioner Darius Nandinda.
Addressing the Covid-19 taskforce team on Tuesday at the district Rukiiko hall in Kabale municipality, Nandinda said that bodabodas have started carrying people instead of luggage as guided by the President, many people attend burials and scientific weddings, people no longer observe curfew and many people lock themselves in bars to drink alcohol.
Last month President Museveni relaxed the lockdown but said that curfew should be maintained, a ban on bodabodas to carry passengers was maintained, bars, schools, public gatherings, worship places also remained closed.
Nandinda who is also the district taskforce boss said that because of the prolonged lockdown on bodabodas, they have decided to start carrying passengers and clash with security officers on roadblocks.
Nandinda said that bodabodas claim that since the president allowed taxis and buses to carry people, they should also be allowed to resume work and be given guidelines to follow.
Nandinda also noted that in villages many people have continued to attend burials and parties even beyond the required number by the ministry of health which he said that it may lead to the spread of Covid-19 in communities. Nandinda said that the taskforce has nothing to do but they intend to go back to the drawing board with the security operatives to diverse means of reinforcing the guidelines amid lack of facilitation.
The Kabale district Acting Health Officer Alfred Besigensi said that many people have started to defy the directives because they have not heard of any registered Covid-19 death in Uganda and therefore they wonder why they are stopped from working.Besigensi urged people continue embracing presidential directives and wait until when the president pronounces himself about the bodaboda issue.
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