Sr. Suzan Okwakol, the Assistant District Health Officer, who doubles as the in charge of Maternal and Child Health in Kumi, says they registered more than 1,900 teenage pregnancies between January and September, 2020 at different heath facilities across the district.
The causalities included the driver identified as Joseph Erienyu, his conductor and two passengers were injured when the bus hit a pothole near the railway line in Kumi, making the driver lose control, according to John Edepu Epongu, the Officer in Charge of Traffic in Kumi District.
Ssempija said farmers are grappling with a myriad of challenges related to illnesses like Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), an infectious viral disease that causes fever and blisters in the mouth and feet of animals such as cattle.
According to the Kumi District Police Commander, Charles Mugisa, the video operators were warned several times to adhere to the Presidential guidelines of no gatherings but they instead paid a deaf ear.
The Kumi District chairperson, Christine Apolot commended the support from the organization saying that most people in the district are highly vulnerable and struck in poverty. She described the intervention by Habitat for Humanity Uganda as savior.
Silas Aogon, the Kumi Municipality Member of Parliament, says the truck drivers park with the help of police enforcing the curfew. He claims that the officers pocket bribes from the drivers to allow them park and continue with their journey at dawn.
Kumi town has been a host of long distance trucks including fuel tanks destined for South Sudan, Kenya and other areas. Kumi Municipality Mayor, Richard Ochom more than 30 trucks could park in his town every night as drivers refresh themselves.
John Kokas Okwii, aresident in Tisai Island says most of the residents now survive on a single meal while John Kokas Okwii, a resident of Tisai Island says most of the residents now survive on a single meal a day while others sleep on empty stomachs. Okwii wonders why government hasn’t considered giving them food relief.
Only three of Akorimo’s 20 children have studied beyond Ordinary Level (S.4) and a majority have not sat Primary Leaving Examination- PLE. His Widow, Florence Agwang notes that the flag hoister was financially constrained and psychologically tortured after failing to access his retirement benefits. On several occasions, he would lock himself inside the house and cry as life became tough. Uganda’s independence day as one of those that evoked sad memories for him.
The deceased, identified as Esther Ajemel, a resident of Kacelakweny Parish in Ongino Sub-county, Kumi District was cut into pieces by her neighbour, Emma Okello, 21, who found her digging at around 7:30 am. The two have reportedly had a land wrangle spanning several years.
Dr. Isaac Omare, of Atutur Hospital says that Maj. Akorimo succumbed to Respirational Pneumonia as a result of Stroke. He explains that the old man was diagnosed with stroke in August, 2019, something that deteriorated his health lately.
Unlike the yellow swarms of locusts that invaded the country in February, the new breed of locusts is brownish in colour. According to Kumi District Production Officer Rajab Ogogl, the new breed consists of very young, strong and destructive locusts.
The Diocese was thrown in turmoil when the House of Bishops revoked the appointment of Rev. Charles Okunya Oode as the Bishop-elect of Kumi, taking over from Rt. Rev. Thomas Edson Irigei, who had clocked retirement age.
Some Christians tried to catch up with the early morning service at St. Phillips Cathedral, which however was disrupted by protestors, who stormed the premises with placards. Our reporter saw some Christians leaving the Cathedral as the drama ensued and stood at a distance to watch events as they unfolded.