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Bududa District Taskforce, Bulucheke SS Clash Over Quarantine Centre

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The School Head Teacher, Edward Mukhwana, says they presented their reasons to the District Task Force why they rejected the establishment of the quarantine center in the school and they have not listened to their pleas.
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There is a rift between the administration of Bulucheke Secondary School and Bududa District Covid-19 Task Force over the proposed establishment of a quarantine centre in the school.  Trouble started last month after Bududa District Covid-19 Task Force resolved to establish a quarantine centre at the school. 

The proposal met resistance from the school administration and surrounding community, arguing that the quarantine centre would expose them to Covid19 infection. However, the Bududa District Covid-19 Task Force would not have any of this. On Saturday, members of the Task Force backed by police forced themselves into the school by breaking the main gate. 

They also assaulted one of the staff members and two watchmen before they arrested them.  They are Peter Makayi, a teacher, Thomas Wabuluka and Geoffrey Wandeba, both watchmen. The two were locked up at Bududa central police station.     

The School Head Teacher, Edward Mukhwana, says they presented their reasons to the District Task Force why they rejected the establishment of the quarantine centre in the school and they have not listened to their pleas.

Mukhwana says that he was surprised to hear that his staff members were apprehended for refusing to open the gate yet they hadn’t reached a compromise with the task force. He explains that much as the school is a public facility there is need to follow right channels instead of using force.  

Cannon Reverend Tom Masete, the Bulucheke Secondary School Board Chairperson, says over 10 staff members stay in the school together with over 60 members of their family. However, the Bududa District LC V Chairperson, who is a member of the Covid-19 Task Force, says they found that Bulucheke SS was the only place they could establish the quarantine centre because it has a large space with enough rooms. 

He insisted they have no alternative place to host the quarantine centre.  Michael Busiku, a resident of Bulucheke, said they cannot allow the district to set a quarantine centre in the school, saying this will lead to the spread of the disease to their community.   

He says should the district go ahead and set up a quarantine in the school, they will be forced to withdraw their children.     

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Michael Walandama, another resident argues that the district have used one of the health centres to set up an isolation centre instead of using the school.

 

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