While many people are struggling to recover from the effects of the COVID-19, the story is different for Abbey Lukyamuzi, a youth living with disability in Masaka town, who has ventured into the reproduction and distribution of learners' home-school material in his area.
Bishop Severus Jjumba, Ordinary of Masaka Catholic diocese, was coincidentally admitted to Bukakalasa Minor Seminary by Monsignor Kyabukasa, whom he describes as a great instructor who had rare attributes of humanity.
Bishop Leonard Sserwadda, the Southern Regional overseers of Pentecostal Churches, says that they made the resolution to systematically adjust their methods of evangelism by placing emphasis on causing a holistic recovery of members of their congregations as opposed to targeting them for offertory and tithe collections.
Kawonawo, who is known for making anti-cough and cold herbal mixtures, says that he improved his formulas by blending plants rich in Vitamins A and C as well as those with high alkaline levels to suppress the virus.
Bishop Katumba stopped priests from using microphones during burial services and reduce the time of burial services to strictly 30 minutes in his latest list of guidelines to the Church. He also suspended the practice of choosing a member of the congregation to take Bible readings and allowed them to make necessary adjustments to other facets that may prolong the service.
These children some young as six years of age are now engaged in selling of vegetables, fruits, and other foodstuffs in markets, on streets, while others are also involving themselves in hawking; where they carry their merchandise to their targeted customers in different places including homes.
Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Medical Director of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital and coordinator of health services under the Greater Masaka Regional Covid-19 task force, says that they have agreed to proactively engage village health teams to reinforce the limited number of health workers in providing the much-needed response and case-management services in the area.
Goretti Namakula, one of the religious that paid pilgrimage to Kitovu said that although the diocese authorities had advised them to virtually follow celebrations from Namugongo via various media channels, her enthusiasm to venerate through the martyrs could not be satisfied from home, hence choosing to at least spend a day at the Cathedral.
Under the free connection policy, a customer that required no pole was asked to pay only inspection fees, while the one that required one pole would pay 360,000 to be connected onto the power line. However, the project was suspended midterm in 2020 after government ran short of funds before it allowed power distribution companies to resume charging the customers full prices for the connections.
In his sermon during the Eid al-Adha prayers at Masaka main mosque grounds on Thursday, Shiekh Bugembe expressed concern that the covid-19 restrictions coupled with unexpected rise in fuels prices have presented to them tougher times during fasting of the holy month of Ramadhan.
PWDs Masaka City claim that the program is abused by technical staff at the local government levels; through extorting money from the applicants and the creation of non-existent groups that are receiving funding.
The Uganda Episcopal Conference has for the second time selected Masaka Diocese to lead the celebrations on June 03rd, 2021 after missing the opportunity last year following the suspension of the celebrations because of the Coronavirus disease outbreak.
Shifa Kateregga, the Executive Director of Human Rights Defenders Masaka-HURIDEM, a civil society dealing in the protection of gender-based rights in the sub-region blame the trend on illogical myths among communities as well as mothers who have abdicated their parenting responsibilities to male relatives creating room for the abuse of their children by lustful men.
However, access into compounds of the defiant schools is currently highly restricted from any suspicious visitors who have to undergo thorough questioning about their intentions and indeed some are repulsed.