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Makindye Division Medical Officer Addresses Covid-19 Phases as Community Transmissions Rise



A steady increase of Covid-19 community transmissions in Kampala and the surrounding areas has been recorded as per the daily Ministry of Health updates. It has also been established that 73% of the Covid-19 deaths have been registered in Kampala.

Giving insights, the Makindye Division Medical Officer, Dr Louis Nyende noted that Covid-19 has about 3 stages and that initially, the cases Uganda was recording were in the mild category and weren’t progressing to the severe ones that we are seeing now.

“There are those who get mild disease, moderate and severe disease. Those who get mild disease are about 81%, 14% for moderate and 5% for severe disease. The bad news is that of the 5% who eventually need breathing support and are put on machines, 50%, irrespective of the health centres end up dying,” he explained.

Nyende, however, said that more is being done to fight Covid-19 in Makindye Division.

“My mandate cuts across giving information about covid-19. There is a task force at the division and different pillars of service care are looked at. These include risk communication and social mobilisation, leadership and coordination, continuity of services, sanitation and hygiene among others,” he noted.

Nyende added that a toll free line that people can call in case of suspected symptoms which is 0800990000 has been fronted for the locals to be able to reach the responsible authorities and health officials.

He also said that health workers have continuously been trained to be vigilant in identifying patients with Covid-19 while community education is being done through talk shows on various media outlets.

“We also have a group of many VHTs. They are able to go door to door sensitizing people and telling them more about Covid-19. We also have social platforms for easy transmission of information,” he added.

Covid-19 Testing

Dr Nyende agreed that although mass testing would be the best option, people at high risks like the truck drivers are primarily tested as it is expensive.

However, he said, people who want to test are advised to call the given phone numbers before walking in to the health facilities.

“I don’t encourage people to go and flood the hospitals in many numbers. It is a one on one basis. The best thing is to make a call prior,” he added.

Nyende cleared some of the misconceptions around Covid-19. He said that although people with less immunity, those who have had transplants and the aged are likely to die, other categories of people should not think on a safer side.

“It doesn’t mean that if you’re younger, you don’t get Covid-19 or die from it. You can be a statistic,” he clarified.

Dr Nyende stressed that one of the challenges they are facing at the district are non compliance to SOPs.

According to the Ministry of Health, there’s concern of the rapid increasing cases in Kampala since the lifting of the lockdown restrictions.

“This is because the community is not following the Standard Operating Measures,” Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services at the Ministry said.

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Another blow as Judge throws out Kiggundu’s lawyer Muwema



When court sat on Friday to hear the Kiggundu’s application to stop independent audit, he did not have a written application, and Justice Henry Adonyo instead ordered the plaintiff’s lawyer Fred Muwema to go make a written application seeking court to dismiss the audit and return to court on September 30 for a hearing of the application. But this adds more pressure on Kiggundu who is choking with the loans.

On 31 August, the judge ordered the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) to carry out and independent audit into the accounts of the businessman and financial statements exchanged between the two parties, and present a report to court.

When asked by journalists why he has filed for an application seeking dismissal of the audit, Fred Muwema had this to say. “We are saying that let the validity and legality of those credit facilities (loans) be decided first before you can audit” He said.

The ruling on the application of the main suit to determine whether the businessman owes loan arrears to the bank is set for 5th October 2020, after which a date for hearing of the case will be set.


Hamis Kiggundu through his companies Ham enterprises and Kiggs International (U) ltd sued DTB branches in Kenya and Uganda for deducting money from his accounts something which the bank contends and said they only acted as per the loan agreement of deducting 30% from Kiggundu’s accounts to recover the credit facilities rendered to him between February 2011 and September 2016

But Court documents filed by the bank in their defense shows that Kiggundu, between February 2011 and September 2016, was granted various credit facilities by the said DTB Banks.

First, via Ham Enterprises Limited, Kiggundu obtained a loan of $6,663,453 and another Sh2.5bn from the DTB (U) to finance his projects in the real estate business.

Later, according to New Vision, he got a facility worth $4.5m through Kiggs International (U) Limited from DTB (K) and mortgaged his properties, which include Plot 328 located at Kawuku on Block 248 Kyadondo, three plots that include 36, 37 and 38 on Folio 1533 Victoria Crescent II situated in Kyadondo and land on Makerere Hill Road on LRV 3716 Folio 10 Plot 923 Block 9.

Documents show that as of January 21, 2020, Kiggundu was in default on payment obligations of $6.298m on the loan facility of $6.663m, as well as sh2.885b on the demand overdraft facility of sh1.5b and the temporary demand overdraft facility of sh1b.

The banks say that Kiggundu was in default on the payment of another $3.662m out of a total loan facility of $4m and another $458,604 on a loan facility of $500,000, as of January 21, 2020.

The DTB consequently served him with a demand notice to either pay up or lose the assets that he submitted as collateral security. The bank threatened to attach a plot on Makerere Hill Road and other prime commercial properties.

Analysts says that Kiggundu’s lawyer is playing delaying tactics aimed at stopping the independent audit as ordered by the court earlier. Kiggundu had wanted court to believe his own audit of loan transactions, but that would amount to injustice to the banks that gave him money-DTB Uganda and DTB Kenya.

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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 appeared before Ntungamo Grade One magistrate Nazifah Namayanja this afternoon from where he was charged with seven offences related to attempted murder, assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence.

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.      

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Lira district headquarters closed over COVID-19




Lira district headquarters have been closed after one staff tested positive for COVID-19 last week. 

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.  

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