Ahead of the official closure of nominations on October 1, scores of aspirants for local council positions flocked the centre today, in a rush to beat the deadline. Many of them were accompanied by hundreds of supporters, crowding the nomination centre, in contravention of the COVID-19 guidelines issued by both the Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Health.
Across Jonglei and Unity State, homes and clinics have been submerged, communities have been stranded and animals “lie dead in the fields”, WFP said in a statement. Schools that were due to open next week “are filled with the homeless”.
At least 17 health workers in the district hospital tested positive out of the 79 samples taken last week. another 11 tested positive from Morulem Health Centre III. The 28 are all said to be contacts of a midwife attached to Morulem Health Centre who was admitted to Abim Hospital, while in labour.
According to Okello who heads the resource mobilization committee, they opted for Don Bosco Atede because they have the facilities needed by the health department and also do not have any candidates who are easting examinations this year.
The residents fear that being part of the city could affect their ownership to customary land, a developement which exposes them to land grabbers. Others fear that their buildings were not planned for the city, fearing that the elevation is pushing them into a status to which they do not belong and that they will most likely be subjected to taxes.
Ambercourt market occupies 4.5 acres of land belonging to the Ministry of Defence. But following discussions between Jinja municipality, the Ambercourt market vendors and officials from the Ministry of Defence in 2018, it was resolved that the said land would be transferred to the vendors to allow them to develop the market.
Drazia says the district taskforce will screen all civil servants for Covid-19 as the contacts of the four cases is ongoing. She says they have so quarantined six primary contacts of the four officials.
Dr Mathew Emer, the Apac District Health Officer says locking the area that consists of over 5,000 residents in the nine villages will help the medical team trace over 100 contacts to the six confirmed cases.
The resolution was made after some of the staff from Moroto district tested positive to the virus.
Joseph Lomongin, the Chief Administrator Officer Kotido said the water department shall remain closed for several days as the taskforces seek resources for fumigating the department.
The Legislators have expressed concern over the age restrictions placed by the law on LCIII chairperson aspirants at Sub County, Municipal or City Division level who need to be 30 years or above to qualify to stand for these positions. A number of aspirants have already been blocked from nomination on grounds of being underage.
Emmanuel Banya, Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the returned fund is expected to facilitate implementation of infrastructural works under USMID project this first quarter.