Zedi Male, the Vice-chairperson of the Truck Driver’s Association, insists that the attacks are not being perpetrated by rebels as the South Sudanese authorities are claiming but they are being executed by government forces. Male says that the latest attack occurred near a military barracks.
When contacted, Patrick Odong Olwedo, the Amuru District Health Officer (DHO) told URN on Monday that the district health department together with UNICEF have already designed response mechanisms seeking to contain the spread of the disease into Amuru district.
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Deputy Resident District Commissioner says that the closure of the center is to pave way for the school authorities to prepare for the reopening of the school for candidate classes.
The Ministry of Health had earlier on requested for two acres of land for the establishment of a laboratory that would be upgraded to a Health Centre III to serve the population in Elegu and
the surrounding areas.
The town which shares a common border with South Sudan, approximately 100 kilometres north of Gulu has in recent weeks recorded a spike in COVID-19 positive cases mostly among truck drivers entering Uganda from South Sudan.
One of the drivers, a Ugandan aged 46 years, was intercepted at Katuugo village in Wakyato Sub County, Nakaseke district. He was in the garden with other people loading tomatoes which he was due to transport to South Sudan. The second driver, aged 56 years, was intercepted at a roadblock at Don Petrol in Luweero town council. He was returning from South Sudan where he had delivered an assortment of plastics.
Agnes Linda Auma, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner, says she intercepted 35 people last week who entered Uganda from South Sudan without clearance. She explains that upon interrogation, the suspects revealed that they were trapped in South Sudan and paid truck drivers to smuggle them into Uganda.
Linda Agnes Auma, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner told URN on Friday that the lodges were closed on Thursday evening when security stormed the area and discovered that very many people had still booked in and they were still operating.
Lakony says the residents both from South Sudan and Uganda are reportedly crossing over via River Unyama and later move through a foot path along Attiak Sugarcane plantation which has no security personnel.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson told URN on Tuesday that Deng was apprehended on Monday evening by security at Elegu border check point shortly after entering Uganda illegally.