Ibrahim Mpuuga, one of the concerned voters is a leading a team pushing the legislators to under the mandatory quarantine, arguing that she could be a potential transmitter of the novel Coronavirus to the local community.
Sembabule Woman MP Anifa Kawooya undergoing Thermo-testing for Coronavirus at her home (Courtesy photo)
The Sembabule Woman
Member of Parliament, Anifa Kawooya Bangirina is under fire from her
electorates for allegedly evading the institutional quarantine for COVID19
following her return from abroad. A section of voters accuse Kawooya of failure
to subject herself to the 14 days mandatory quarantine despite her recent
travel to South Africa, which confirmed its first COVID-19 case on March 05th,
The legislator flew to
South Africa early this month to attend the Pan African Parliament session
where she represents Uganda and returned home on March 12th, 2020. Ibrahim
Mpuuga, one of the concerned voters is a leading a team pushing the legislators
to under the mandatory quarantine, arguing that she could be a potential
transmitter of the novel Coronavirus to the local community.
According to Mpuuga,
since her return, the legislator has been moving freely in the constituency,
which clearly shows that she didn’t undergo the 14 days mandatory quarantine as
required by Ministry of Health. Stanley Karuhanga, another electorate says
the MP has been interacting with several people, which exposes them to
The group has since posted a message on social media platforms
including Whatapp and Facebook to pile pressure on the district surveillance
team to confine Kawooya and test her for COVID-19.
“To CAO and the entire emergency committee. The ministry of health called
all Ugandans who returned in March to go for institutional quarantine, the
ministry did this through all medias! Hon Anifa happens to be one
of them, she has just returned from South Africa where she had gone for a Pap
session with other pap MPs from across Africa, she returned and stayed in
Kampala for two days and then after went to her constituency, a few days after
she got a complication and was shortly admitted and discharged, a few days
after the president declared a partial lockdown and there after a total
lockdown Hon was supposed to be under an institutional quarantine as per
the presidential directives however she is busy mixing with innocent bataka and
they are worried and panicking I request the committee to intervene and
save the community from suspicion, panic and tension. Thanks,” reads
part of the message posted on social media.
The message has triggered
anger from more people demanding that the district surveillance taskforce takes
Kawooya for testing in Entebbe. Kawooya confirmed having traveled to South
Africa during the said period but was quick to add that she was tested when she
arrived at Entebbe International Airport and was cleared to leave.
She also claims that
she invited another medic on Sunday evening to her residence in Sembabule to
test her and her family members who declared them corona virus free. The Health
Ministry has in the past expressed concern about government officials and high
profile individuals defying the quarantine guidelines, which exposes
communities COVID-19 infection.