Last week, Latigo, alongside other Ugandan delegation of lawmakers had traveled to Midrand, South Africa for a meeting of the of legislators under the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and returned on March 17, four days before Uganda confirmed the first case of COVID-19.
Prof Morris Ogenga-Latigo, the Agago North County MP
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Prof. Morris Ogenga Latigo, the Agago North County MP has downplayed
claims that he dodged a 14-days’ mandatory self-quarantine against Coronavirus
(COVID-19) Disease after his trip to South Africa.
Latigo, alongside other Ugandan lawmakers, traveled to Midrand, South Africa for a meeting of the of legislators
under the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and returned on March 17, four days
before Uganda confirmed the first case of COVID-19.
It was subsequently alleged that Latigo, the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament evaded checkup at Entebbe
Airport, and did not undergo quarantine, as guided by the Ministry of Health. As one of the precautionary measures, the Health
Ministry requires a 14-days’ mandatory self or institutional quarantine
for every person who returns from abroad especially countries that have
reported cases of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Latigo described the allegations as
“hate-mongering, adding that he could not have risked the lives of his people, by ignoring key processes.
Prof. Latigo, however, said following the panic mode caused by
the COVID-19 plague in the country, they linked up with Ismail Ranny, the Assistant
Director in Charge of the Uganda delegation to the PAP and Uganda Embassy in South
Africa to formalize their schedule to return to the country through Kigali, Rwanda.
Other Ugandan lawmakers who had alongside
Prof. Latigo for the trip included Jacqueline Amongin James
Kakooza, Felix Okot Ogong and Anifa Kawooya.
So far, Uganda has confirmed 18 cases of the killer COVID-19 and no any deaths recorded among the diagnosed patients.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.