The Kwania District
COVID-19 Taskforce wants the government to reinstate Special Police
Constables-SPCs to address the manpower challenges there. According to the task
force, there are only 78 police officers in the district, making it difficult to
enforce the COVID-19 preventive measures.
While announcing the 42 day’s
lockdown in June this year, president, Yoweri Museveni announced a number of
measures to contain the second wave of COVID-19. These included
among others revising the curfew hours from 9:00 pm to 7:00 pm up to 5:30 am, suspension
of inter-district travels, a ban on both public and private transport and the shutdown
of weekly markets among others.
However, Kwania District COVID-19 Taskforce
says that they are finding challenges in enforcing the directives due to
As a result,
they want the government to reinstate Special Police Constables-SPCs recruited
during the polls to complement police work.
Geoffrey Alex Ogwal Adyebo, the
Kwania District LC V Chairperson, says the number of officers enforcing the directives
is inadequate based on the report presented by the District Police Commander-DPC.
He cited the Nambieso police outpost in Nambieso Sub County, which has only two
police officers against the population of 57,100 residents.
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Ivan Nuwagaba, the acting Kwania District Police Commander acknowledged the manpower
problem, saying it even affects their normal operations. He says currently they
partnered with local leaders to help in the enforcement of the directives.
Nuwagaba says that they have received information
that some weekly markets have resumed normal operations and asked those
involved to stop, saying they risk arrest.
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As of July 11th 2021, Kwania had cumulatively registered 91 COVID-19 cases
out of 1,223 samples taken, with 12 recoveries, according to the District
Health Officer, Dr. Moses Ebong.