James Arana, the village chairman of Ajenit in Olwa Sub County says his people have remained adamant to the health precautions as well as the Presidential Directives to contain the virus. He notes that instead, three more bars have recently opened in his village and many people crowding in the trading centers every evening.
Public gatherings have continued unabated in Amuria district
despite the ban by President, Yoweri Museveni to control the spread of COVID-19. The
previous week, president, Museveni banned all public gathering to enforce social
distancing as one of the preventive measures against the spread of the corona
Several districts in Teso moved fast to decongest trading
centers and suspended social gatherings such as congregational drinking and
games among others. However, life has continued normally in Olwa, Morungatung
and Obalanga sub counties in Amuria District.
Our reporter traversed several sub counties on Sunday evening
and Monday morning and observed several activities in different trading centers.
URN saw a huge crowd of residents attending a security meeting at Achinga in
Tubur Sub County, the last trading center in Soroti district that borders
The residents neither observed the social distancing
guidelines as advised nor did their leaders caution them. The situation wasn’t any
different in Ojalam and Olwa trading centers as residents continued mixing freely
and enjoyed local brew alias Ajono from pots.
James Arana, the Ajenit Village Chairperson in Olwa Sub
County, says his people have remained adamant to the Corona virus precautionary
guidelines issued by the Health Ministry as well as the Presidential Directives.
He notes three more bars opened recently in his village and many people mix
freely in trading centers every evening.
//Cue in “Esubito itunga bala...
Cue out...atia akuriau adeka na”//
Francis Olupot, a resident of Morungatung says the social
life in the villages has been worsened by holiday makers and some urban
dwellers who returned home recently.
He notes that some people claim that they are immune to
COVID-19 while others think that avoiding handshakes and hugs is a sign of
arrogance towards relatives and friends.
//Cue in “Ajeni do eong...
Cue out...idwe lu esomero”//
Olupot also revealed that Achele Catholic Church and St
Silver in Morungatuny conducted services on Sunday while another group of
Christians convened for prayers in home of some family at Awoja Aitoi village.
John Robert Okitoi, the Amuria District Chairman says that
they are continuing with community sensitisation to enable the community
understand and take the precautionary measures seriously.
some people take long to understand. This will definitely take time for them to
adapt to the new changes. We are aware and doing everything possible to ensure
that our people are protected from this deadly virus”, Okitoi said on phone.
Our reporter visited Aminit trading center in Kamuda Sub
County in Soroti district and found local leaders led by the LC 3 chairman,
GISO and the officer in charge Kamuda Police Station in a security meeting with
more than 50 residents on Saturday.
Generally, many people especially in urban centers in Soroti,
Serere and Kumi districts have adopted the measures to contain the virus. Hand
washing facilities are seen almost in every household and all business premises.
While a few individuals wear masks and hand gloves.