Stephen Kamar, the Kagadi District Police Commander told Uganda Radio Network that police intervened and rescued the 14 casual laborers and transported them to Kagadi community hall in Kagadi town where they are currently being accommodated.
Fourteen builders from Lira district are
stranded in Kagadi due to the Covid19 lockdown. They include one woman and 13
men. They are Denis Ongoyi, Jasper Odur, Dan Okuru, Leo Ojoro, Daniel
Angini, Patrick Odongo and Emmanuel Opio. Others are Francis Ogwang, Sam
Olu, Sam Oyuni, Monica Ocoth, Thomas Okello, Sabbath Odongo and Sam Ochola.
The group was hired by Engineer Tonny Umar from
Lira Town in February to work at Trinity secondary school in Mpeefu Town Council
in Kagadi district. They were however blocked from returning to
Lira because of the nationwide lockdown announced by the president.
The group decided to start walk
from Mpeefu town council in Kagadi to Lira district but was intercepted by
residents over the weekend when they saw them walking in violation of the
physical distancing guidelines. They alerted security, which swung into action
and arrested them.
The group says life had become
difficult for them in Kagadi because their employer is also stuck in Lira
because of the lock down while the proprietor of the school is outside the country.
Jasper Odur, one of the casual workers, says they decided to walk since they
were on the verge of starvation after exhausting all the food they were given a
Stephen Kamar, the Kagadi District Police Commander
told Uganda Radio Network that police intervened and rescued the 14 casual
laborers and transported them to Kagadi community hall in Kagadi town where
they are currently being accommodated.
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The Kagadi Resident District Commissioner, Lillian Ruteraho,
says the casual laborers will remain in isolation at Kagadi community hall until
they are tested for Covid-19 and thereafter will arrange for them transport
means back to Lira.