Ssentongo explains that Village council leaders who were coopted by the task force to help in the verification of case alerts, were challenged by lack of transport. He said that on top of coordinating the surveillance activities the bicycles will support the HVTs in delivering medicines to patients in the communities.
According to Ssentongo, the suspects are in police custody and will be arraigned in court once investigations are complete. He says the Regional Security Committee is considering summoning heads of financial institutions to take stock of the security of their clients especially when they are withdrawing money.
The elections had been planned by the RDC as an intervention to reorganize the industry and enable cyclists to tap into government’s wealth creation programs. He, together with the local security team had taken charge of the process and mobilized cyclists to participate in the elections, which were to take place at Masaka Liberation Square.
Abigaba, the NFA supervisor for Buwunga and Kyanamukaka sub counties was arrested on the orders of Herman Ssentongo, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner, who accused him of causing the massive destruction of forest reserves under his jurisdiction.