The outbreak in Equateur Province emerged in early June and has now spread into another of its 17 health zones, bringing the total number of affected zones to 12. So far, there have been 113 cases and 48 deaths.
Hajji Ramathan Walugembe, the Resident District Commissioner of Bukedea says he doesn’t want a repeat of last week’s primaries when supporters of candidates overpowered the police deployed at the tally center.
The Standard Procedures include maintaining a social distance of at least two metres between persons, using hand sanitizers, washing hands with soap more frequently and wearing of facemasks while in any public space among others.
At Makerere Yellow primary school, over 30 police personnel, as many as 10 Uganda Police and other security persons have been deployed to ensure smooth conduct of tallying process of election results in the Kawempe NRM elective district.
Human rights defenders and advocates have already started training for the assignment and have held a meeting at Africana Hotel in Kampala preparing lawyers to handle cases of violence against citizens as they arise.
A section of NRM members from Lwabenge sub county have put up stiff resistance during the distribution of bicycles in that area, arguing that some village chairpersons are completely inactive with no relevance to mobilization.
Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango has identified the deceased as female juvenile aged 12 years, identified as Namazzi Alyera, a resident of Nsambya Kitooro, Makindye Division in Kampala while the second body is yet to be identified.
Eriya Kabigumira, the NRM election officer for Musubiiro village alongside five other people have been rushed to various health centers after they were badly beaten by club-wielding men that raided the polling stations.
Frank Baine the prisons Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Friday that Uganda Prisons has closed its gates to new inmates following confirmation of the results taken on this week. Baine says that all the inmates in Moroto Government Prisons have been placed under the 14 days’ mandatory period for suspected contacts.
At some polling station like in Kosovo, Kasubi and Lugala there were hardly 20 people. Others like at Mengo near Bulange building by 11:20am when URN visited not even the polling officials had turned up yet.
In Bundibugyo, a number polling stations visited by URN reporter earlier on Friday had by 11:30am not started work as only polling officials had turned up, with a curious voters looking on from a distance.
By 11 am, most of the polling stations visited by URN such as Luvuuma, St Paul, Katwe two, Katabira zones and others had only the presiding officers and candidates agents, while at other polling stations there were no candidates’ agents.
“People came in early but materials were delayed, but also as people knew that the president allowed everyone to vote, they never wanted to be cross checked but to vote, and this created chaos in some areas” she said.
The principal notes that management is less worried about inadequate teaching equipment than than their capacity to retain their staff, who have realised that remaining in the teaching job is not a matter of life and death.
The District Registrar, Musa Oroma says as the ruling party NRM, is holding its primary elections for contenders vying for the party's ticket for district chairpersons (LC-5) ,City Mayors and councilors across the country, in Soroti City the elections have been called off as results of the delayed demarcations of the city electoral boundaries.