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Transport operators in Gulu decry loss of income

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Transport operators in Gulu town have decried financial hardship and starvation following the ban on public and private transport. Last month, the government temporarily suspended operations of commuter taxis, boda-bodas and buses among others to reinforce safety measures in curbing the spread of coronavirus. …

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Foot and Mouth disease breaks out in Busia

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There is a reported outbreak of the Foot and Mouth disease in Buteba sub county in Busia district. The disease has so far affected more than 25 animals in 6 homesteads in Alupe village in Buteba sub-county. Dr. Patrick Barasa, the Busia District Veterinary …

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Lack of fuel hinders operations of COVID-19 Gulu task force

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Gulu district COVID-19 Task Force has been hard hit by lack of fuel for vehicles supposed to facilitate emergency response activities. Yoweri Idiba, the District Health Officer says on average, the task force needs a minimum of 80 litres of fuel every 24 hours …

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Kibuku tops in teenage pregnancies – Report

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kibuku district has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies and school drop outs among girls in the country, a new report has revealed. The findings are contained in a report by both Bukedi Action for Integrated Development Initiatives – International (BAfIDI), a local non-governmental …

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Task force in Tooro struggling to implement COVID-19 directives

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The COVID-19 task force in the different districts of Tooro is struggling to enforce the presidential directives on COVID-19. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, President Yoweri Museveni issued several directives aimed at preventing the spread. These include the closure …

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Private laboratories unprepared for COVID-19 tests

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Private providers says they wouldn’t be able to jump in immediately and start offering COVID-19 tests should the number of people requiring the tests spiral out of control today. Michael Kamya, who heads the Microbiology Lab at Lancet Laboratories Uganda says while they have …

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Security forcefully evicts defiant roadside vendors in Arua

Arua, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Chaos nearly erupted in Arua main market on Tuesday when a combined team of Police, UPDF and Arua municipal officials forcefully evicted roadside vendors along Arua-Nebbi road and the makeshift market. More than 200 vendors have been selling items along Arua-Nebbi road and the main …

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Construction works at Hoima international airport suspended

Hoima, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Construction works at Hoima International Airport has been suspended over COVID-19.  The contractors SBC/SBI Lloyds British International has sent home over 900 workers that have been working in the different departments. Amos Muriisa, the Public Relations officer SBC told Uganda Radio Network on Tuesday that …

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COVID-19 complicates efforts to fight desert locusts

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The outbreak of the COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges in the fight against desert locusts that have resurfaced in parts of Uganda. Agriculture Minister Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja says that they are currently unable to buy nose masks because of the stiff competition …

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