The coronavirus pandemic has spread to at least 188 countries and territories, with the worldwide death toll from the virus reaching more than 667,000.
Among the more than 17 million cases recorded globally are government officials, celebrities and sports personalities as authorities around the world grapple to contain the spread of the virus.
Many high-profile events have been cancelled. They include the annual Met Gala – often referred to as fashion’s biggest night out – which was postponed indefinitely from its scheduled date in May, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the United States.
The Cannes Film Festival, due to be held in France in May, has also been postponed, with organisers now looking at June or July dates.
Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, British actor Idris Elba, Britain’s Prince Charles, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachan, singer Pink and opera singer Placido Domingo are some of the best-known people to be infected so far.
Who else has been affected?
Government officials, spouses:
Tareck El Aissami: Venezuelan oil minister contracted the COVID-19 disease on July 10, he said on Twitter, a day after the leader of the socialist party, Diosdado Cabello, tested positive for the virus as well.
Jeanine Andez: Bolivia’s President said on July 9 on her Twitter account that she has tested positive for coronavirus. The Bolivian government confirmed that at least seven ministers, including its health minister, had tested positive and were either undergoing treatment or recuperating at home.
Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil’s president tested positive for COVID-19 on July 7 after months of downplaying the virus’ severity.
Kwaku Agyemang-Manu: Ghana’s health minister contracted COVID-19 “in the line of duty”, but is in a stable condition, the West African nation’s president said on June 14.
Riek Machar: South Sudan’s Vice President and his wife Angelina Teny, who serves as defence minister, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on May 18.
Dmitry Peskov: Kremlin spokesman said on May 12 he tested positive for coronavirus.
Ferozuddin Feroz: Afghanistan’s health minister contracted the COVID-19 disease on May 7 but recovered after two weeks of isolation at his residence.
Olga Lyubimova: Russia’s Culture Minister tested positive for the virus on May 6. Lyubimova has mild symptoms and is continuing to work remotely, conducting meetings online, her press secretary Anna Usacheva said.
Faisal Edhi: The head of Pakistan’s biggest charity organisation, the Edhi Foundation, and the son of world-renowned philanthropist, the late Abdul Sattar Edhi, has been tested positive for the coronavirus.
Asad Qaiser: Pakistan’s parliament speaker said he had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 1 after hosting an iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan.
Sheikh Rashid Ahmad: Pakistan’s railways minister tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a ministry statement on June 8.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: Pakistan’s former prime minister tested positive for coronavirus, his family and party confirmed on June 8.
Carmen Calvo: Spain’s deputy prime minister tested positive for coronavirus on March 25, the Spanish government said.
Prince Charles: The Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne tested positive for the coronavirus on March 25. The 71-year-old is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, said a spokesman for the Clarence House royal residence, adding that he was self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland. Prince Charles’s wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has also been tested but does not have the virus.
Abba Kyari: The Nigerian president’s chief of staff has tested positive for coronavirus, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on March 24. In his 70s, Kyari is an important figure in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
Rand Paul: The Republican from Kentucky is the first US senator to test positive for coronavirus.
Prince Albert: Monaco’s Prince Albert II has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the principality said in a statement on Thursday, adding there were “no concerns for his health” and that the titular head of the Mediterranean enclave is continuing to work from his private apartments at the royal palace.
Michel Barnier: The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator said in a tweet that he has tested positive for the virus.
Bento Albuquerque: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque has tested positive for coronavirus – the second cabinet member to be infected.
Augusto Heleno: Brazil’s national security adviser said on March 18 on his Twitter account that he has tested positive for coronavirus, though he did not have any symptoms. Heleno, 72, a retired army general and one of Bolsonaro’s closest aides, said he is currently under isolation at his home while waiting for a second test.
Jeremy Issacharoff: Israel’s ambassador to Germany has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement March 17. Issacharoff was reported to have contracted the virus following a meeting with a deputy from the Federal Assembly of Germany, whose name was not mentioned.
Friedrich Merz: The 64-year-old politician, who has been campaigning to lead Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) at a congress planned for this year, said on Twitter on March 17 that he tested positive for coronavirus and was under self-isolation at home.
Kozo Tashima: The head of Japan’s football association tested positive for the virus on March 17. Tashima is also deputy head of Japan‘s Olympic Committee.
Nadine Dorries: A minister in the UK’s health department was the first British politician to test positive on March 10.
Peter Dutton: The Australian home affairs minister was placed in isolation in hospital after contracting the virus.
Massoumeh Ebtekar: The Iranian vice president is the country’s highest government official to be infected, while several other senior officials in the country, including Iraj Harirchi, Iran’s deputy health minister, were also stricken. Iran is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau: On March 12, the wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19 following a trip to the United Kingdom. Gregoire Trudeau said she planned to remain in isolation for the next two weeks, together with her husband. Her symptoms have been described as mild.
Begona Gomez: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s wife tested positive, officials in his office said late on Saturday. While Begona Gomez tested positive, the health of both she and the prime minister was fine, the officials said. Spain said it would place the entire country under lockdown as the number of diagnosed cases exceeded 6,000.
Quim Torra: The local leader of Spain’s Catalonia region said on March 16 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and that he was going into self-isolation in a government building.
Pere Aragones: The Catalan deputy head of government announced on March 15 that he had also tested positive for coronavirus.
Irene Montero: The Spanish minister tested positive on March 15 and has been put in isolation along with her partner, Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias.
Franck Riester: Earlier this week, the French minister of culture said he was staying at his home in Paris after contracting the virus. France has also imposed a partial lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19.
Francis Suarez: The mayor of the US city of Miami confirmed, on March 13, that he has contracted COVID-19.
Fabio Wajngarten: The press secretary for Brazilian President Bolsonaro tested positive after he returned from a US trip where he met, among others, US President Trump, who later tested negative.
Michal Wos: Poland’s environment minister has tested positive for coronavirus, he said in a tweet on March 16 .
Oumarou Idani: Burkina Faso’s minister of mines has tested positive.
Stanislas Ouaro: Burkina Faso’s minister of education is confirmed to have COVID-19.
Simeon Sawadogo: Burkina Faso’s interior minister has the new coronavirus.
Alpha Barry: Burkina Faso’s foreign minister tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Twitter on March 20.
Boris Johnson:The 55-year-old prime minister of the United Kingdom said on March 27 that he tested positive for coronavirus and was self-isolating. He was hospitalised on April 5 in what his office described as a “precautionary step”. Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit on April 6 after his symptoms worsened, and asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him “where necessary”.
Matthew Hancock: Britain’s Health Secretary Matthew Hancock announced on March 27 he tested positive for the coronavirus. Hancock said he would be self-isolating and working from home.
Alister Jack: Scottish Secretary and member of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet has developed symptoms of COVID-19.
Seyi Makinde: Nigeria’s Oyo State Governor has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Yaakov Litzman: Israel’s health minister and his wife tested positive for the novel coronavirus on April 1.
Ali Larijani: Iran’s parliament said on April 2 its speaker tested positive for the coronavirus and is in quarantine.
Zoran Zaev and Hristijan Mickoski: On April 10 the leaders of North Macedonia’s two biggest parties were ordered to self-isolate for two weeks after being interviewed by a TV reporter infected with coronavirus.
Khalif Mumin Tohow: The justice minister of Somalia’s autonomous Hirshabelle state died on April 12 after contracting the coronavirus. Tohow died in Mogadishu’s Martini hospital a day after he tested positive for COVID-19 in the town of Jowhar, the administrative capital of Hirshabelle.
Sekou Kourouma: The secretary general of Guinea and a former minister, died from COVID-19 in Conakry on April 18.
Nuno Gomes Nabiam: Guinea-Bissau’s prime minister, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus alongside three members of his cabinet, the West African country’s health ministry said on April 29.
Mikhail Mishustin: Russia’s prime minister, on April 30 said in a video meeting with President Vladimir Putin that he tested positive for coronavirus and will self-isolate to protect other cabinet members.
Senator Tim Kaine: Kaine of Virginia said he and his wife tested positive after taking coronavirus antibody tests on May 28. He said he initially thought he was suffering from remnants of an earlier bout with the flu and a high pollen count.
Nikol Pashinyan: The Armenian prime minister revealed on June 1 that he and his family have tested positive for the virus.
Prince Joachim: Nephew of Belgium’s King Philippe tested positive June 1 for coronavirus after attending a party in Spain. The prince, 28, is tenth in line to the Belgian throne.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: The former Pakistan prime minister, and senior leader of the opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, was reported positive for COVID-19 on June 8.
Shehbaz Sharif: Pakistan’s main opposition leader, and president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), tested positive for coronavirus, his family and party confirmed on June 11.
Juan Orlando Hernandez: The president of Honduras said on June 16 that he tested positive for coronavirus. He was hospitalised the next day, and he is currently being treated for pneumonia. The president’s wife Ana Garcia also tested positive, along with two presidential aides, but has not presented any symptoms of the disease.
Nursultan Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan’s 79-year-old former president and official ‘Leader of the Nation’ tested positive for the coronavirus on June 18.
Zafar Mirza: Special assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and defacto health minister tested positive for the coronavirus on July 6.
Geoffrey Onyeama: Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on July 19.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: The popular Hollywood couple announced on March 11 that they were infected and were admitted to a Gold Coast hospital in Australia.
Idris Elba: The British actor and musician said he has tested positive for COVID-19 on March 16 in a video posted on social media and that, although he had no symptoms so far, he was isolating himself from others.
This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
Kristofer Hivju: The 41-year-old actor, who played Tormund on Game of Thrones, tested positive for the new coronavirus on March 17. Known for his fiery red hair and beard, he said he and his family were in self-isolation at home in Norway.
Debi Mazar: known for her roles in Entourage and Goodfellas, shared a lengthy Instagram post in late March about her experience with COVID-19.
Daniel Dae Kim: The South Korean-American actor best known for the television series Hawaii Five-0, said on Thursday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Kim, speaking from his home in Hawaii, announced the news in an Instagram posting and video.
Placido Domingo: On March 22, the Spanish opera singer said he had tested positive for coronavirus and had gone into self-isolation with his family.
Andy Cohen: The US radio and television talk show host, producer, and writer tested positive for the coronavirus on March 20.
Chris Cuomo: The CNN news anchor was diagnosed with COVID-19 and will be working from home, the network said in a memo to employees on March 31.
Pink: On April 3, American singer Alecia Beth Moore, known as Pink, announced on Twitter she and her three-year-old son had spent two weeks in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus. They had both recovered, the singer said, announcing she was donating $1 million to help fight the pandemic .
Brooke Baldwin: the CNN anchor who works with Chris Cuomo, said she had been diagnosed with the virus and had been following all the recommendations.
David Bryan: Bon Jovi keyboard player said on social media that he has tested positive for coronavirus. He didn’t specify how he contracted the virus.
Kiran Kumar: The 74-year-old Indian actor is under home quarantine after he tested positive on May 24. The actor said he asymptomatic and is doing ‘absolutely fine’.
Andrea Bocelli: The world famous Italian tenor who gave a virtual concert in Milan’s Duomo on April 12, revealed on May 26 that he had contracted and recovered from COVID-19 in early March.
Wajid Khan: Bollywood music director Wajid Khan was laid to rest after he passed away on June 1 in a Mumbai hospital due to coronavirus complications.
Amitabh Bachan: The Indian movie legend revealed on July 11 he tested positive for the coronavirus and had been shifted to a hospital.
T 3590 -I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited ..
All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested !
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 11, 2020
Broderick Pabillo: Renowned Manila-based Bishop has tested positive for the coronavirus, local Philippine media outlet Rappler reported.
Mariano Diaz: Real Madrid forward tested positive for COVID-19 on July 28.
Xavi Hernandez: The al-Sadd coach and former Barcelona and Spain midfielder said on July 25 he tested positive for COVID-19, but was asymptomatic. The 40-year-old said he will self-isolate as his team prepare for their first match after the Qatar Stars League was suspended due to the pandemic.
Dylan Frittelli: The South African golfer will miss this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club after testing positive for COVID-19. Frittelli, who missed the cut at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, is the fourth golfer to test positive since the elite US Tour resumed on June 11.
Novak Djokovic: The world’s number one tennis player and his wife have both tested positive for the coronavirus disease on June 23, a day after three other tennis players all confirmed they had COVID-19 after taking part in the Adria Tour Djokovic had organised.
Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Cotic, and Viktor Troicki: The tennis players all confirmed they had tested positive for the coronavirus on June 22-23, after Novak Djokovic organised the Adria Tour in Serbia and Croatia.
Patrick Ewing: Former NBA player, who has been coaching Georgetown University men’s basketball team Georgetown Hoyas since 201, said on May 23 he tested positive for the new coronavirus.
English Premier League: Twelve players and team staff have so far tested positive in three rounds of testing by the Premier League.
Von Miller: The NFL star is the highest profile American athlete to announce he contracted COVID-19.
James Dolan: The 64-year-old New York Knicks owner has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is the first known major professional sports owner in the US to have contracted COVID-19. Dolan also owns the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers and is executive chairman and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company.
Serhat Guler: On March 25, the Turkish Boxing Federation said national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifier in London. The statement said the federation was awaiting test results from two other athletes who showed symptoms.
Marco Sportiello: The goalkeeper for Italian football team Atalanta tested positive for coronavirus on March 24.
Jason Collins: On March 24, Collins, who played 13 National Basketball Association (NBA) seasons from 2001 to 2014 and spent seven-plus years with the Brooklyn Nets, said on Twitter he believes he caught coronavirus on March 4 when the Nets hosted the Memphis Grizzlies.
Ottawa Senators: An unidentified Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the first known case in North America’s National Hockey League. The Senators said the player has mild symptoms and is in isolation, and that they were notifying anyone who had close contact with him.
Deportivo Alaves: The Spanish football club confirmed a total of 15 positive coronavirus cases, including three players from the first-team squad and seven members of the coaching staff. None of those affected have displayed any symptoms, the La Liga side said in a statement on March 18.
Blaise Matuidi: The Juventus and France midfielder has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Turin-based Serie A club said in a statement on March 17. Juventus said Matuidi, a World Cup winner with France in 2018, was in self-isolation at home and not showing any symptoms.
Daniele Rugani: Juventus player and Italian defender Rugani also tested positive.
Mikel Arteta: On March 12, the 37-year-old Arsenal manager was the first in England’s football Premier League to be diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: On the same day, the 19-year-old Chelsea winger also said he was infected.
Paulo Dybala: The Italy-based Argentinian footballer announced his diagnosis on Friday. Italy is the worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic, with 10,000 people dead.
Rudy Gobert: The NBA Utah Jazz basketball star triggered criticism after mockingly touching the microphones and voice recorders at a media event on March 9, three days before he was diagnosed.
Donovan Mitchell: Another NBA Utah Jazz player also announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on the same day as Gobert.
Christian Wood: The Detroit Pistons forward is “under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation” since testing positive, the NBA team said on March 15.
Brooklyn Nets: Four players on the NBA Brooklyn Nets basketball team tested positive for the coronavirus on March 17.
Fernando Gaviria: The Colombian cyclist confirmed on March 12 that he contracted coronavirus while racing during an event in the United Arab Emirates, and was admitted to a hospital in the Gulf nation.
Dmitry Strakhov: Strakhov became the second cyclist at the UAE Tour to be diagnosed with the virus on the same day.
Sampdoria: Five footballers from the Italian club have tested positive, along with the team’s doctor.
Dusan Vlahovic: The Serbian striker for Fiorentina, another Serie A club, is also infected.
Marcus Smart: The Boston Celtics guard tested positive as the number of confirmed cases in the NBA continues to grow.
Paulo Dybala: The Juventus and Argentina football forward had tested positive for coronavirus but has no symptoms.
Marouane Fellaini: The former Manchester United football player who currently plays for the Chinese Super League has COVID-19, he said on Instagram.
Sir Kenny Dalgish: The former Liverpool player and manager tested positive after being admitted to hospital.
Sami Abu Shehadeh: a member of the Arab Joint List party in Israel tested positive for the coronavirus on June 3.
Shahid Afridi: The former Pakistan cricket captain and player was reported positive for COVID-19 on June 13.
Novak Djokovic: The Serbian tennis star and current Australian Open champion was reported positive for COVID-19 on June 23
Goran Ivanisevic: Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, who now coaches tennis star Novak Djokovic, tested positive for the coronavirus on June 26.
Deaths of celebrities and officials
Ragaa al-Geddawy: Famed Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Geddawy died on July 5 after contracting the COVID-19 disease. She was 81.
Mohammad Yousuf Ghazanfar: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani’s Special Representative for Economic Development and Poverty Reduction, died on Friday after contracting the virus.
Abdulmanap: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father and coach, died on June 3 following a coronavirus infection. In hospital since May after testing positive, Abdulmanap had also had heart surgery for a pre-existing issue complicated by the respiratory disease.
Ghulam Murtaza Baloch: The Sindh provincial minister for human settlement in Pakistan, died on June 2 after contracting the novel coronavirus.
Shaheen Raza: The Pakistani local legislator and female member of the provincial assembly of Punjab, the country’s largest province, died in Lahore on May 20. She was 65.
Dimitris Kremastinos: The former Greek health minister, cardiologist and university professor has died of the new coronavirus on May 8 at the age of 78.
Ty: Born Ben Chijioke, the acclaimed UK hip-hop star, who was nominated for the Mercury prize for his album Upwards, died aged 47 on May 7 after contracting coronavirus.
Dave Greenfield: The keyboard player of UK band The Stranglers died at the age of 71 on May 3 after contracting COVID-19.
Norman Hunter: The former Leeds United and England defender, 76, died after contracting the new coronavirus, the Championship (second-tier) club said on April 17. Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds in 15 years at the club and earned the nickname “Bites yer legs” for his tough tackling.
Haydar Bas: The 73-year-old Turkish politician and leader of the Independent Turkey Party (BTP) died on April 14 in a state hospital in Trabzon province.
Steven Dick: The deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Budapest has died after contracting coronavirus, the UK’s Foreign Office said on March 25.
Floyd Cardoz: Celebrity chef and winner of Season Three of the US show Top Chef Masters died on March 25 after testing positive for coronavirus.
.@floydcardoz made us all so proud. Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed Tabla always was. He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch. This is a huge loss… pic.twitter.com/Q6eRVIpZkL
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) March 25, 2020
Manu Dibango: The 86-year-old Cameroonian Afro-jazz legend died in Paris on March 24, his representative said.
Antonio Vieira Monteiro: The chairman of the Portuguese unit of Santander, Spain’s largest bank, and the second victim of the disease in Portugal, died from the coronavirus on March 18. Vieira Monteiro, 73, became chairman of Santander Totta in 2019 after seven years as chief executive.
Ken Shimura: One of Japan’s best-known comedians died of COVID-19 at a hospital in Tokyo, the public broadcaster NHK said on March 30.
David Hodgkiss: The chairman of the Lancashire Cricket Club in the United Kingdom died on March 30 after contracting coronavirus.
Pape Diouf: The 68-year-old former president of France’s Marseille Olympics (from 2005 to 2009) died of COVID-19 on March 31 in Senegal, where he held dual citizenship.
Rafael Gomez Nieto: The last surviving member of the Spanish forces that were the first units to liberate Paris from the Nazis in 1944 died on March 31, 2020, in a French nursing home.
Branislav Blazic: Serbia’s state secretary in the environment protection ministry and a prominent member of President Aleksandar Vucic’s conservative Progressive Party SNS died after testing positive for COVID-19, the country’s national coronavirus crisis task force confirmed on April 1.
Nur Hassan Hussein: Somalia’s former prime minister died in a London hospital on April 1 after contracting the new coronavirus.
Eddie Large: Best known for his role in comedy duo Little and Large, Large died on April 2 aged 78 after contracting coronavirus in hospital.
Tom Dempsey: The former NFL player, who scored a then-record 63-yard (metre) field goal despite being born without toes on his kicking foot died on April 4, aged 73, after developing complications from COVID-19.
Dolors Sala Carrio: The 82-year-old mother of Manchester City’s coach Pep Guardiola died on April 6 after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
Luis Sepulveda: The best-selling Chilean writer, who lived in northern Spain died on April 16, aged 70, after contracting coronavirus.
Heherson Alvarez: The former senator and activist lost his battle against the new coronavirus, his family said on April 20. The 80-year-old passed away about three weeks after he and his wife tested positive for the virus.
Ahmed Ismail Hussein Hudeidi: A founding father of modern Somali music, died in London after contracting coronavirus. He was 91.
Ahmed Radhi: Former Iraqi football player died on June 21 in Baghdad due to complications from the novel coronavirus.
Minister Rukutana charged with attempted murder, remanded
The state minister for Labour, Gender and Economic Development Mwesigwa Rukutana has been remanded to Kyamugorani prison in Mbarara district.
Rukutana was captured in a video that went viral on social media showing him grabbing a gun from one of his bodyguards and started shooting at a vehicle belonging to supporters of his political rival Naome Kabasharira. At the time of the incident, Rukutana had just lost the Rushenyi country NRM flag to Kabasharira.
The prosecution alleges that on September 5, 2020, at Kagugu village in Ntungamo district, Rukutana and others still at large assaulted Julius Niwamanya and threatened to kill or injure him together with three others. The others are Stuart Kamukama, Dan Rwibirungi, and Moses Kamukama.
It is also alleged that Rukutana also willfully and unlawfully damaged a motor vehicle registration number UAR 840X Toyota Rav 4 type which belongs to Moses Muhumuza.
According to the Judiciary public relations officer, Jameson Karemani, Rukutana has not taken a plea of these charges against him since they can only be tried by the chief magistrate who was not in court today.
As a result, the magistrate decided to send him to Kyamugorani, awaiting his return to court on Tuesday.
Lira district headquarters closed over COVID-19
On Monday morning, district staff were blocked at the gate with only the deputy chief administrative officer, his secretary and the receptionist allowed access to their offices.
Paul Samuel Mbiiwa, the deputy chief administrative officer says that only heads of department will be allowed at the headquarters while the rest will work from home. He adds that the restriction will help to curb the spread of the virus.
“You see corona is not a joke. We have taken a step at fighting it and that is why you are seeing the staff outside. Even in my office here I do not want people to come if there is anything we can discuss on the phone.”
Francis Okello Olwa, a senior community development officer who doubles as the district spokesperson says that the entire district offices will be fumigated and closed for two days.
Health authorities in the district are planning to take samples from all the staff because they could have interacted with the one who tested positive. Currently, there are 19 COVID-19 patients under treatment at Lira regional referral hospital.
On Sunday four health workers at the hospital tested positive for COVID-19. Dr Patrick Odongo, a senior medical officer at the hospital also succumbed to the virus.
Museveni issues ultimatum to police boss
President Yoweri Museveni has given Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martins Okoth Ochola a chilling ultimatum: You either do your work or I will do it myself!
Museveni disclosed the ultimatum he gave to the IGP today Monday at the NRM secretariat at Plot 10 Kyadondo Road in Kampala where he was flagging off the distribution of motorcycles to parish chairpersons of the ruling National Resistance Movement party across the country.
“I told the IGP that if the police doesn’t do their work, I will do it myself by arresting the police officers themselves,” Museveni stunned his audience as he commented on the electoral violence that marred the NRM primaries held on Friday last week. At least 4 people were killed across the country during the primaries.
“There was violence in Bukono county [Namutumba district] where people were beaten. I got information that police has not done much work. Some (policemen) have been arrested and given police bond; there is no police bond for somebody who has attacked Ugandans!,” Museveni added.
Museveni vowed to deal with all persons who messed up the party primaries. In some parts of the country, there were massive regularities where candidates who had been defeated ended up being announced winners. In some places like Namutumba, Isingiro, Ntungamo, Jinja, Katakwi, among others, there was violence that led to the killing and wounding of civilians. Museveni said that they are going to make sure that all those who participated in these irregularities and violence are held to account.
Museveni said although the violence was orchestrated by the politicians, the police personnel are to be held accountable for failing to contain it.
Last week, police spokesman Fred Enanga warned police personnel especially those guarding VIPs against being drawn into the politicians’ political wrangles, reminding them that they would face the music if they did. With the president now threatening to go and conduct the arrests of errant policemen himself, IGP Ochola is likely to move fast to avert the spectacle.
Museveni wondered why police would shoot at unarmed people who were fighting amongst themselves: “That policeman must be arrested; even the ones who are threatening people you will go to jail for that if we get evidence,” a seemingly incensed Museveni said.
He also said that the state minister of Labour, Gender and Economic Development Mwesigwa Rukutana who was captured on camera attempting to shoot people over the weekend in Ntugamo after he lost the Rushenyi primaries, will be charged with threatening violence and attempted murder.
“This game is finished,” Museveni said.
Rukatana has since been charged and remanded to Kyamugorani prison in Mbarara district in western Uganda. Museveni called upon all those dissatisfied with the election results to write petitions to the regional panels of elders which he said are going to be constituted to hear all election complaints.
“We are going to get three respected people who are not part of the struggles, then we shall go and audit village per village and we shall discover. If you have committed forgery, the registrar or the politician who ordered, you all shall go to jail. The game is finished; the voting is by lining and if you miss-add, you are ‘miss-add’ yourself,” Museveni said.
Museveni’s speech came shortly before that of Justine Kasule Lumumba, the secretary general of the NRM who called upon the president to reign over some senior people who with impunity were freely changing the results of the elections.
“Some of our staff were lured into changing declaration forms on the way forgetting that people who had participated at the village don’t need to write; they registered the record in their faces…Some have done things with impunity… in Butemba county Kyakwanzi district, one of the candidates who got 3,000 votes brought in soldiers, cordoned off that place and was declared a winner and off they went away,” Lumumba said.
The ball is now in Ochola’s court to get the police to execute their duties professionally and with impartiality. In March 2017, President Museveni warned Ochola’s predecessor Kale Kayihura to clean the police force of wrong elements. As months passed with no visible sign of police officers shaping up, Museveni resorted to other security agencies who started arresting rogue senior police officers and charging them in the military court for various crimes.
Kayihura was then removed from office, arrested and jointly charged with the errant officers in the army court. To avoid similar fate, Ochola is likely to use a firmer hand on the police officers so that by the time of the February 2021 elections, there is no laxity in the force’s execution of its mandate to maintain law and order.
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