Because of the personal details on the slip, the Electoral-commission advises that each voter picks their personal slips from the EC teams that are already in the field. However, in Kumi Municipality some politicians and their agents allegedly overshadowed the exercise by collecting several Voter Location Slips supposedly belonging to their supporters.
Francis Masereka, the Officer in Charge Operations at Kumi Central Police Station ordered his men to turn away whoever doesn’t have a mask. He said that they had received strict orders from their bosses to ensure that COVID-19 prevention guidelines are enforced to the dot in Kumi.
According to the Kumi District Police Commander, Charles Mugisa, the video operators were warned several times to adhere to the Presidential guidelines of no gatherings but they instead paid a deaf ear.
David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Region Police Spokesman, says the group has been charged with doing a negligent act likely to cause the spread of infectious disease contrary to Section 171 of the Penal Code Act.
Silas Aogon, the Kumi Municipality Member of Parliament, says the truck drivers park with the help of police enforcing the curfew. He claims that the officers pocket bribes from the drivers to allow them park and continue with their journey at dawn.
Kumi town has been a host of long distance trucks including fuel tanks destined for South Sudan, Kenya and other areas. Kumi Municipality Mayor, Richard Ochom more than 30 trucks could park in his town every night as drivers refresh themselves.