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Local Leaders Block Access to Tisai Island

Steven Akileng, the LCI Chairperson of Kacera village says that the decision follows the case of a businessman in Bukedea who tested positive for COVID-19.
RDC Kumi, Hussein Kato Matanda.

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Leaders in Tisai Island in Ongino Sub County Kumi district have blocked access to the Island. The Island borders Bukedea, Nakapiripirit and Katakwi districts.

Steven Akileng, the LCI Chairperson of Kacera village says that the decision follows the case of a businessman in Bukedea who tested positive for COVID-19.

The 46-year-old cattle businessman was tested at Elegu Border last week as he returned from a business trip from South Sudan.  Akileng explains that although residents of the island have many challenges, they don’t want to risk their lives by transporting visitors to the Island.

Tisai Island has four engine boats and sixteen small boats for transport to enable people to access food and other essential goods from the mainland. Akileng says that they will allow only one boat to transport the sick, pregnant mothers, children for immunization and lactating mothers.

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Joel Ojulong one of the residents who has been running boda-boda business applauds the decision taken by the local leaders.  

“This is very good. We cannot risk the lives of many for a few business-minded people. I have ordered all my boda-boda riders to park not because I have money but to save a life. We stand by our local leaders in this pronouncement”, he said.

The Resident District Commissioner Kumi Hussein Matanda Kato blames the local leaders for rushing to block access to the island without consulting the district task force. Matanda notes that that most of the people in Tisai Island survive from the mainland for food and other goods.

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45 contacts of the businessman have been quarantined. The primary contacts were traced in Soroti, Kumi and Bukedea while some of the secondary contacts in Agule Sub County, Pallisa district. 

In Soroti, four people have been quarantined at Soroti Comprehensive Nursing School, 13 quarantined in Atutur Seed Secondary School in Kumi district, 24 in Bukedea Comprehensive School and four others in Pallisa Secondary School.