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Busia COVID-19 Task Force Halts Activities over Lack of Funds

Busia Deputy Resident District Commissioner Paul Kalikwan says they are currently constrained because of lack of funds and can hardly respond to any community alert. According to Kalikwan, it was inappropriate for the government to allocate the same amount of money to all districts including those that are still under lockdown like Busia.

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The Busia District COVID-19 Task Force has halted all its activities after exhausting the 165 million  Shillings hat was appropriated by parliament to each district.

The money was meant to facilitate COVID-19 related activities and enable the district task forces to respond to community alerts about suspected cases, over a period of three months, from March 2020. But the Busia District task force says the allocation was insufficient and the money was used up within a month.

Busia Deputy Resident District Commissioner Paul Kalikwan says they are currently constrained because of lack of funds and can hardly respond to any community alert. According to Kalikwan, it was inappropriate for the government to allocate the same amount of money to all districts including those that are still under lockdown like Busia.      

//Cue in; "Been our concern…     

Cue out...address other challenges."//  

Kalikwan explains that they haven’t received authorisation from the Finance Ministry to spend the 60 million Shillings that was returned by Members of Parliament. Busia is among the border districts that are still under lockdown because of their proximity to Kenya, which continues to register hundreds of COVID-19 cases.

David Mangeni, a resident of Busia town says they are worried for their lives since the Taskforce no longer responds to alerts of suspected COVID-19 cases.

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Cue out... kufuna obulwadde."//    

Philex Wabuhire, another resident wants the task force to first account for the money received before demanding for additional funding.

//Cue in: “Hudaha accountability…    

Cue out.....yiiche yituhoonye"//   

Uganda has so far registered over 1,000 COVID-19 cases with five fatalities.