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Security Puzzled as Masindi Residents Flood Town Center

Eriabu Komurubuga, a resident of Masindi town, says there is need for security to strictly enforce the stay home directive by the president. He faults security for laxity in enforcing Covid19 preventive guidelines in the district.

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It is business as usual in Masindi town despite the registration of a confirmed Covid19 case in the district. A police officer tested positive for covid19 in Masindi district over the weekend. 

This led to the withdrawal and subsequent isolation of 104 police officers from Masindi Central Police Station.  

Despite this, hundreds of people have continued pouring into Masindi town to continue with their normal business. The high number of people in the town has drawn the attention of Masindi District authorities. 

The Masindi Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Longino Baheebwa, says security is puzzled by the huge influx of people to the town center. 

He says several traders have opened their shops in violation of the Covid19 preventive guidelines. Baheebwa says the traders are neither providing handwashing facilities nor practicing physical distancing, which might fuel infection. 

He has warned the residents to immediately vacate the town center before security takes stern action. 

Eriabu Komurubuga, a resident of Masindi town, says there is need for security to strictly enforce the stay home directive by the president. He faults security for laxity in enforcing Covid19 preventive guidelines in the district.  

 

Vernacular Audio

//Cue in;”Baitu bokuhura ngu…    

Cue out;”Abantu bakwe yongera.”//      

Steven Wandera, another resident says the population of people in Masindi town grows by the day. He is worried that the return of people to the town could escalate the risk of corona virus infection. 

Joyce Katulinda, a road side vegetable vendor, says that she was forced to return to the streets to fend for her family.

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//Cue in: "Ensi etukwasire Titukyaina...   

Cue out:...Kitu ku baha."//

John Kiiza, a chapatti vendor, says life became difficult in the village, which compelled him to return to work on the streets. 

Dr. Rogers Musinguzi, the head of Masindi District Covid19 case Management Committee wonders residents have remained adamant despite the confirmation of a Covid19 positive case in the district.      

On Tuesday, president, Yoweri Museveni only allowed hardware shops, mechanic workshops and garages, metal and wood workshops, insurance companies, 30 lawyers to handle urgent matters and restaurants to resume operations.