Through the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment, the government pays senior citizens above 65-years of age a monthly stipend of 25,000 Shillings. However, the elders in Katakwi say they have not received their stipend for five months, partly because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The equipment procured by the Ministry of Health with support from the Global Fund uses artificial intelligence to identify individuals likely to have TB within a short time. It is portable and can operate without power since it has rechargeable batteries.
Serephine Alia, the Chief Administrative Officer, says that the district has been relying on one ambulance of Usuk MP, Peter Ogwang to handle all the emergencies in the district, which overwhelmed its operations.
Julius Otim, the Secretary Veterans Affairs in Katakwi district, says they have equally labored to have the ex-soldiers paid but nothing seems to come fourth. He says there are more than 1,000 veterans in the district whose gratuity hasn’t been paid for reasons best known to the responsible ministries.
Simon Peter Oibi, the foreman who was also taken ill told URN that they were called by Akol to roof his house, whose roof was destroyed by wind.
According to Oibi, all the people that ate the food are hospitalised after presenting with diarrhea, vomiting and stomach ache.
The Katakwi District LC V Chairperson, Walter Elakas, says cattle thieves are taking advantage of the lock down to terrorize his electorate. He also notes that while Karimojong rustlers used to target majorly cattle, the recent thefts were accompanied with sexual abuse, abduction and shootings.
Seraphine Alia, the Chief Administrative Officer Katakwi says that the decision to relocate the centres was taken after observing that a number of roads leading to the schools had been cut off by floods, making them inaccessible.
Jennifer Akwang, a resident of Ngariam village told URN that most of the people infected with scabies haven’t sought medical help and only use blue soap to wash the affected parts. She says the disease has affected her entire family.
In September last year, the company supplied over 300 bags of cassava cuttings from Masindi district to farmers in Palam Sub County. The inputs have since remained wasted at the sub-county headquarters.
The call for branding cattle follows an outcry of Teso leaders especially in the districts of Kapelebyong and Katakwi over the increasing cases of cattle thefts by the Karamojong thieves for the last two months.