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Inter-District Travel Ban Takes Toll on Service Delivery in Kalungu

The LC V Chairperson, Ahmed Nyombi Mukiibi, says a number of public servants including key staff are not reporting to their duty stations because they were locked out of the district.

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The ban on inter-district travel has taken a huge toll on service delivery in Kalungu district. The LC V Chairperson, Ahmed Nyombi Mukiibi, says a number of public servants including key staff are not reporting to their duty stations because they were locked out of the district.  


He explains that a reasonable number of staffs reside outside Kalungu district and have been affected by the ban on inter-district travel as one of the control measures against the spread of the second wave of COVID-19.

He says that many of their staff live in towns in the mother district of Masaka whey they can get ample accommodation space and other social amenities that can hardly be got within Kalungu district.  Nyombi is afraid that the absence of the staff including some heads of departments is frustrating service delivery and will eventually lead to the district’s failure to meet its performance targets as per the approved annual work plans.

Some of those locked out of the district include the Chief Administrative Officer, his deputies, the District Health Officer, Senior Procurement Officer, a number of health workers and heads of health facilities among others.  

//Cue in: (Luganda) “naye obuwereza ….    

Cue out; ….endwadde endala.”//

As a result, Nyombi has formally petitioned the office of the Resident District Commissioner and Greater Masaka Regional Internal Security Officer requesting special consideration for civil servants to be allowed to travel to and from their workplace.

Caleb Tukaikiriza, the Kalungu District Resident Commissioner acknowledges the effects that travel restrictions are presenting. He, however, says that he cannot provide an immediate solution to the challenge.  He says that he needs time to seek further guidance from his superiors on what to do.  

//Cue in: “abakozi abakola mu Kalungu…..    

Cue out: …..kijja kutukosa.”//

Kyotera district local government headquarters have been closed for fourteen days after several workers tested positive for COVID-19.  Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, the Kyotera district Chairperson says management took a decision to close the headquarters after a reasonable number of their staff tested positive for Coronavirus during their institutionalized testing exercise.

According to Kisekulo, three of the staff found positive had received their first COVID-19 jab, which created fear at the headquarters necessitating the closure of the offices to respond to the situation.