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Fruit prices shoot up in Tororo under lockdown scarcity

Tororo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The price of fruits have shot up in Tororo district due to high demand amidst scarcity. The price of watermelon is now ranging between 3,000 Shillings and 10,000 Shillings compared to previous prices before lockdown which was between 1,000 Shillings and 7,000 shillings. Pineapples used …

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Vegetable prices in Manafwa fall by half

Manafwa, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Vegetable prices in Manafwa district have dropped by almost half in the past few weeks. A kilogram of tomatoes now costs Shillings 500 from Shillings 1500 while a sack of cabbages costs Shillings 15,000 from Shillings 50,000. Vegetable farmers attribute the drop in prices to …

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Arua city registers increase in child hawkers

Arua, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Children selling foodstuffs have become a common sight on the streets in Arua city. Following President Yoweri Museveni’s announcement of a second lockdown, that also included the closure of educational institutions for 42 days, Arua city has seen several children selling merchandise in search of …

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Kampala registers improved air quality two weeks into lockdown

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Air monitors at Makerere University School of Public Health are registering an improvement in air quality in Kampala just two weeks after President Yoweri Museveni announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown saw the president banning both private and public …

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Gov’t lists beneficiaries of Covid-19 relief cash

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has released a list of the groups of people who will benefit from the Covid-19 relief cash. While announcing the second lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19, President Yoweri Museveni said that his government was going to support vulnerable people whose income …

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MPs advised to remain in constituencies during parliament lockdown

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of Parliament have been advised to work from their constituencies during the two weeks of parliament lockdown. This comes after concerns raised by Mathias Mpuuga, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament-LOP indicating that the closure has left MPs stranded. Parliament last week announced that …

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Lockdown: Food requests overwhelm LCs in city slums

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The number of people seeking relief food support has overwhelmed local leaders in some slum areas of Kampala. People are stuck in their homes because of the 42 days nationwide lockdown imposed by the government to control the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which …

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Mabirizi challenges Museveni’s oral directives on Covid-19

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | City lawyer Male Mabirizi has petitioned the High Court in Kampala seeking a declaration that the orders issued by President Yoweri Museveni imposing a lockdown violate fundamental human rights enshrined in the constitution. According to Mabirizi, several statements and speech orders by President Museveni communicated …

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Create database of vulnerable Ugandans, economists tell gov’t

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | As the government grapples with defining the cluster of vulnerable Ugandans who deserve COVID-19 relief in the ongoing second lockdown, economists say it is vital that the government creates a database that can be used for such interventions in future. Such a database would be …

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