The Kyotera District Covid-19 task force has relaxed
enforcing the covid-19 prevention guidelines. Kyotera is among the border districts that were characterized
under the category of high-risk areas due to its proximity to Tanzania where
community transmission is feared to be high.
However, in many parts of the district, it is business as usual
with no adherence to COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs.
From the Customs Union and Immigrations Offices to Mutukula Police
Station, at the security check-points and various businesses premises, people do
not wear face masks, there is no washing of hands at the entrances. Outside the premises, people are no longer observing social distancing
and can freely shake hands whenever they wish.
Despite the presence of handwashing facilities at the
different entry points into the Mutukula One-Stop-Border-Post, these are no
longer refilled and URN reporter saw cobwebs around some of the
empty water cans.
Major David Matovu, the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner and
Chairperson of district Covid-19 task force admits that they are losing the campaign of
enforcing of SOPs. He argues that the enforcement of the prevention guidelines has
also been frustrated by politicians who he says are doing too little
to mobilize the community.
//Cue in; (Luganda)“tubadde bulungi…
Cue out...enkwaya eyabwe.”//
Doctor Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer argues
that they have done everything within their means to enforce the guidelines but
people have become unbothered. In July this year, the government also delivered to Kyotera
district a consignment of 200,000 face masks that were freely distributed to
people in the area.
//Cue in; ‘it is not only
Cue out…done our best.”//
Meanwhile, some of the cross border-business operators URN
interviewed in Mutukula Town Council exhibited high-level laxity to observing
of the COVID-19 prevention guidelines, with some of them doubting the reality of the pandemic. Moses Kaweesi who operates a Forex Bureau at Mutukula border has
blamed the public laxity to fewer covid-19 cases registered in the
//Cue in; (Luganda) “ebya
Cue out...mwe mukuliriza nyo.”//
Uganda has since registered 11,767 COVID-19 confirmed cases drawn from a
total of 541, 422 samples tested. Cumulative recoveries of 7,461 and 100 deaths
have been registered according to figures at the Ministry of Health.