The district last year put in place measures to avert a possible infiltration of the Ebola Virus following threats from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC, where more than 2000 lives have been lost in more than one year. The outbreak mostly devastated the South Kivu, North Kivu, and Ituri provinces, which are close to Kasese district in Western Uganda.
Orom Sub County Vice Chairperson Vincent Kilama says Okello had earlier been sighted at Orom trading centre on December 31, 2019, watching fireworks with his colleague to usher in the New Year. He, however, says Okello started claiming that he was being trailed by police before disappearing.
Moses Baluku Kininga, who has been in the salt extraction business for the last 15 years, says that the rains have raised the water levels, damaged the salt pans packed salt and increased the costs on pumping water out. He says that their operations over the last five months were drastically affected.