According to Eswelu, they failed to collect sufficient local revenue because of the low revenue base. He revealed that revenue collection in the district dropped from over Shillings 1Billion to Shillings 426Million, which he attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and creation of Terego district and Arua City hence denying them some sources of revenue.
The MPs who are on fact finding mission on management of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown were shocked on Sunday night to find a trans night disco during curfew at Desert Breeze hotel where they slept.
Sam Wadri Nyaku the Mayor Arua City said the decision by the Ministry of Local Government to remain silent on the issue has affected the operations of the City. He explains that they cannot access some of the movable assets like motor vehicles to facilitate their work in the City.
Dr. Filbert Nyeko, the Director of Arua Regional Referral Hospital, says that the management of patients placed under home-based especially in poor families is challenging due to congestion in homes and poor structures.
Muzaidi Khemis, the Arua Central Division Mayor, says despite serving the entire West Nile, people from DR Congo and South Sudan Nationals, the government has ignored Arua Hospital by failure to construct a bigger and modern mortuary.
Since it attained Independence from Sudan ten years ago on 9th July 2011, the World’s youngest independent country and Africa's 54th has been torn apart by political conflict which has seen thousands killed and millions displaced to the neighboring and other countries.
The Health Ministry donated the missing ambulance valued at Shillings 300milion to Arua Regional Referral Hospital last year. The driver parked the ambulance in the hospital yard and left the keys behind.
Dr. Godfrey Apangu, the Principal Health Officer Arua City, says that they have realized that most people placed under home-based care do not follow the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs, which is spreading the pandemic.
Paul Bishop Drileba, the acting Arua District Health Officer, says that some of the people whose samples test positive resort to insults and warn him never to call them again when he asks them to come to the district health department for assistance.
Some of the boundary disputes are between Yumbe and Madi Okollo at Ewanga, Moyo and Obongi at Palorinya, Terego and Madi Okollo at Ocea, Maracha and Koboko at Kololo, Arua district and Madi Okollo over Laura central Forest reserve among others.
Speaking during the COVID-19 Taskforce meeting at the district headquarters, Ewacabo tasked Dr. Filbert Nyeko to explain why patients continue dying at the hospital due to lack of Oxygen even after fixing the power problem last week.
The angry cyclists stormed Arua Central Police Station demanding the Police to force Safi Alema Tiyo to handover office and also take custody of the Tipper Lorry they received from the President’s office.
According to a weekly report from last week, some mothers lost their babies due to delays at security checkpoints, while others were abandoned by Boda Bodas who were stopped by security personnel for moving in curfew hours.
Harriet Korodina 28 years and her two daughters Kemirembe Bertina 9 years and one identified as Happy 2 years were found in Barifa forest by a Good Samaritan after they were trying to look for the road from Arua to Kampala and brought to Arua CPS.
According to statistics collected by the Regional Child and Family Protection Unit, the number of registered cases has increased from 35 in the last financial year 2019/2020 to 81 as of the end of May 2021. With the numbers expected to go higher before the end of June 2021.
But in Arua, the vendors have not implemented the directive citing lack of Sanitary facilities and congestion. The market which was constructed out of iron sheets following the demolition of the main market currently accommodates over 3,000 vendors dealing in various foodstuffs. It has one water point and a four stance latrine.
Moses Odeke, a mechanic at the Arua Hospital Oxygen plant and his supervisor only identified as Peter was picked by police detectives and detained at Arua CPS for negligence following the death of 5 Covid-19 patients on Friday and Saturday.
According to some residents, they want the authorities to prioritize the health sector to manage the Covid19 strain and other diseases. They also want new roads constructed and the roads in a poor state rehabilitated.