The Project Engineer Enoch Luwabo says construction work slowed down because of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country, which forced them to reduce their workforce from 200 to 90 workers to comply with the Standard Operating Procedures.
According to the traders, the situation has continued to worsen since their clients from neighbouring countries like Kenya and Tanzania do not cross to the country to transact businesses due to stringent conditions at the boarder points.
Geoffrey Barasa, the Chairperson Sugar Cane Trader’s Association, says they blocked the border because of delays by the relevant authorities to respond to their concerns.
He said the Ugandan authorities have not come out to explain to the cause of the impasse which has left the traders hopeless.
Over 100 Ugandan trucks carrying about 300,000 tons of sugarcane are stuck at the Busia One Stop Border point. Many of the traders were delivering the cane to companies such as Busia Sugar Allied factory and Olepito Sugar Factory in Kenya’s Busia County.
Iddi Mona, the chairman Busia District Taxi Drivers’ Cooperative Association says that government should relax on the lockdown for their business to resume because the situation has worsened in their homes.
The affected areas include the areas of Busia and Malaba, on the Kenyan border, Kyotera - on the Tanzanian border, parts of West Nile that border with both South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lamwo and Amuru, that border the South Sudan border through Elegu, as well as Kabale and Kisoro, on the border with Rwanda, among others.
Trouble between the MP and the task force started in the meeting held at district headquarters on Friday when MP Macho raised a concern of allowing traders to open their stores and sell off their produce that they had stocked.
However, the RDC Capt Chris Mike Okiria disagreed with him saying that they must get directives from the office of the Minister of internal affairs before the market is reopened.
Namanya Rwatooro, the Operations Commander Field Force Unit-FFU, who led the operation, said they were forced to intervene to disperse the traders for defying presidential directives, which forced the District Covid19 task forces to close the market
Hundreds of fuel tankers, cargo and sugarcane trucks have been parked along the streets across the town, after they were blocked from entering Kenya in the wake of border closure at a time when the world is battling to tame coronavirus disease.
The deployment follows a ban on travels both inland and outside the country with the exception of cargo trucks and planes announced by President, Yoweri Museveni as part of the preventive measures against the spread of the corona virus.
The girls aged between 14 to 18 years were intercepted at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, where they were due to board their next flight to the emirates. The girls believed to be from Napak district in Karamoja sub-region were subsequently handed over to Ugandan authorities in Busia.
The artisanal Miners under Busia United Artisanal and Small Scale Miners Association and Tiira Small Scale Mining Association-TISMA are specifically pointing out Busia Resident District Commissioner, Hassan Kato Matanda for deploying, the army at the Tiira mining site to harass them.
Fred Bwire, a resident of Sikuda village in Sikuda Sub County, says most of the works undertaken by various departments in the district are shoddy. He wants the Inspectorate of Government to investigate some of the works in the district.