The crisis has caused panic among health authorities not only at the regional referral but also in other hospitals and health units that depend on the plant for oxygen. The breakdown comes amidst an increase in hospital admissions for Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) patients.
Many of the Project Affected Persons-PAPs in the districts of Lwengo, Kyotera, Rakai and Gomba have repeatedly demanded a second evaluation exercise before the actual construction works begin. They argue that their properties have gained value since 2018 when the first assessments were conducted.
On Monday, the High Court Registrar Agnes Nkonge issued an interim order stopping Captain Godfrey Karamuzi, from opening up boundaries on disputed land occupying two villages of Kasese and Kyakago in Byakabanda Sub County. The land measures 254 hectares in Rakai district.
According to Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson Muhamad Nsubuga, the deceased has been identified as Lydia Nakabubi. She is from the same family that lost three members in the accident, which claimed 14 lives on the spot, on Thursday morning.
According to Masaka regional police commander, Godfrey Mwesigye police has so far managed to identify two people and is still struggling to get identities of other people because they did not have identification documents.
At least six international banks have backtracked on their financing plans for a USD 3.5 billion project, which will include developments of oil fields in the Albertine region and the construction of a crude oil export pipeline from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga in Tanzania.
At least 36 people including leaders and supporters of NUP in Masaka district were arrested on November 18, 2020, shortly after the arrest of their party president and former Presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine while on his campaign trail in Luuka district.
All the invited security heads who include among others the Resident District Commissioner, the Regional and District Police Commanders did not attend the celebrations and none of them sent a representative.
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.
Diana Nabiruma, the Communication Officers at the Africa Institute for Energy Governance-AFIEGO, indicates that besides anonymous persons cautioning them against engaging project affected persons and documenting their concerns, they have lately started registering cases of suspicious people trying to disrupt their community meetings.
Dr Simon Peter Kibira, a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Makerere University quotes a Performance Monitoring and Action survey conducted by Makerere University School of Public Health, which established that almost half of all mothers they talked to during the survey, did not intend to have their last pregnancies.
Dr Nathan Onyach, the Director- Masaka Regional Referral Hospital says that very few personnel have endorsed the vaccination exercise. Onyach explains that they have vaccinated only 288 health workers and 14 teachers over a two-week period since March 11, 2021. The facility received over 4,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for the Front line health workers.
The 1,443km crude oil export pipeline will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Kabaale-Homa, close to Lake Albert, traversing 296 kilometres in 10 districts and 25 sub-counties in Uganda. The earmarked districts in Uganda include Lwengo, Kyotera, Rakai, Sembabule, Hoima, Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, and Kikuube.
The call was made by the Human Rights Committee of Parliament which is currently conducting public hearings about the violations that marred the recent elections across the country. This includes the excessive use of force by law enforcement agents, resulting in the killing and wounding of civilians, and arbitrary arrests and detentions of opposition supporters.