Trouble for Muwema started on Saturday evening when he allegedly parked his vehicle registration number, UBG 997H along Iganga road in the Southern division in Jinja city and turned up music where they partied and took beers together with 30 others.
The essential workers are being tasked to avail employment identity cards, details of the organizations they are attached too and number plates, before being cleared to access Jinja city central business area.
However, the Kiira region police commander, Dauda Hiriga argues that the continued unregulated traffic flow between the two districts has created congestion and increases the risk of covid-19 infections if not controlled.
Florence Tugumisirize, the Executive Director of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, says they have so far admitted 156 COVID-19 patients in the second wave. She says 124 of these were treated and discharged while 32 succumbed to the virus.
While cargo trucks, pickups and motorcycles were given a green light to easily proceed, occupants of private vehicles and pedestrians who were not in the category of essential workers were tasked to adduce movement permits.
Security personnel comprised of both police and UPDF on Monday afternoon closed down shops whose owners had resolved to operate normally, despite the presidential directive to temporarily close some businesses.
A total of 32 COVID-19 patients were admitted to the hospital’s ICU between May 2020 and April 2021. Of these, 26 died while only six were successfully discharged from the facility, while three other lives have been lost since the outbreak of the second wave last month.
Ruth Namukuve, a health worker in Buwenge says that the supplies received from the district health officials are insufficient to effectively attend to the ever-increasing numbers of covid-19 suspects who seek services at the facility daily.
The residents, most of them casual labourers and market vendors say that security teams are demanding national and work identity cards, from every person who intends to cross the Nile bridge, yet many of them do not have documents and do not belong to the category of essential workers who are allowed to cross the district boundary.
After council failure to consider their complaints, Kadama led her colleagues into chaotic shouts amidst the budget approval process, which prompted security operatives to throw her out of the council hall.
“These two part-time anesthesiologists only show up to check on patients who fail to stabilize in a period of three days and when their situations are so complicated for us to handle, but the rest of the cases are being managed by the nurses throughout their admission at the ICU,” she says.
They are reported to have locked themselves in the bar and retained the watchman to alert them in case of any eventualities. However, the residents within the neighboring community contacted police personnel who arrested them at 1:00am.