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Weekly Markets Operate Normally in Kwania Amidst Ban

Jimmy Uhuru, the LC I Chairman of Aduku Township in Aduku Town Council said that his voters are still adamant about complying with the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry as well as the Presidential directives to stop the spread of COVID-19. Uhuru noted that a number of bars in his area operate normally and many people mix freely.
Residents flock market amidst closure (Photo by Solomon Okabo)

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Several weekly markets in Kwania district have continued operating normally despite the ban by President Yoweri Museveni as part of the COVID-19 containment measures.

In his last address on COVID-19, the president Museveni maintained the suspension on the operations of weekly markets, saying they gather people from different areas, which is likely to fuel the spread of COVID-19.

However, life has continued normally in Kwania district. Our reporter traversed visited several weekly markets in the district such as Aduku Saturday market in Aduku Town Council, Jinja Friday market and Amambala Tuesday market in Inomo Sub County, Apwori Tuesday market and Malaba Friday market in Chawente Sub County and found business running as usual.

Residents mixing freely and enjoyed local brew alias ‘kongo ting’. Jimmy Uhuru, the LC I Chairman of Aduku Township in Aduku Town Council said that his voters are still adamant about complying with the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry as well as the Presidential directives to stop the spread of COVID-19. Uhuru noted that a number of bars in his area operate normally and many people mix freely.

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Kwania Resident District Commissioner, Salim Komakech who doubles as the District COVID-19 Taskforce Chairperson confirmed that the markets are operating, which he blamed on the communication gap between the Sub County COVID-19 Taskforce and security.

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Kwania District LC V Chairman, Geoffrey Alex Ogwal Adyebo asked the public to adhere to the COVID-19 Guidelines instituted by the government to contain the spread of the pandemic.

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Kwania has cumulatively registered 280 COVID-19 positive cases, 190 recoveries and 2 deaths out of 20,142 people tested, according to the situational report released by the District Health Officer, Dr. Moses Ebong.