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According to Okiswa, the most reliable means of transport has been Boda-bodas, which he notes only operate with permission from his office to handle emergencies.
Serere District Grounded Ambulance

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The ban on Boda- boda transport has affected the COVID-19 response in Serere District. The district operates with only four vehicles and an ambulance donated by Serere County MP, Patrick Okabe.

Both the LC V Chairperson, Joseph Opit Okojo and Resident District Commissioner-RDC Geoffrey Okiswa don’t have official vehicles since their cars broke down and need more than Shillings 100 million for repair.

Health facilities in Serere district are also constrained when it comes to transport for emergency since all the four ambulances have been grounded for years.

According to Okiswa, the most reliable means of transport has been Boda-bodas, which he notes only operate with permission from his office to handle emergencies. 

Okiswa is also relying on Boda- boda for some of his travels in the district.     

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Most of the vehicles belonging to Serere District Local Government are in bad shape and are now parked at Serere police station or in garages in Soroti.  

Early this year, Opit and his Accounting Officer, Gabriel Richards Atama exchanged bitter letters for alleged misuse of the former’s vehicle. 

In a related development, several Boda-bodas have been impounded from different districts in Teso Region for flouting President Museveni’s directives.

In his last address, the President suspended Boda-boda operations carrying food or cargo past 2:00pm. 

However, by evening on Thursday, a number of cyclists were still seen on the road, prompting security operatives to swing into action. 

At Serere Central Police Station, four boda-boda bikes had been impounded, five at Otuboi Police Station in Kalaki district and 12 at Central Police Station in Soroti.

David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, says only bikes were impounded, leaving the operators whom he notes will be summoned at an appropriate date to record statements with the police.

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On Thursday, transport in Serere district almost got paralyzed when the only Pump station ran out of fuel. Only Boda-bodas with fuel reserves were moving but were limited following the new guidelines by the President.