Acholi Parliamentary Group asks govt to ease lockdown measures in Gulu

The Acholi Parliamentary Group has called on government to loosen the tight measures that were put on Gulu district as a result of the spread of Covid-19 community infections.

The chairperson of the group, Hon. Okin P.P. Ojara, while addressing a press conference on Friday, 26 June 2020, in Parliament said that in the latest presidential address on the measures to stop the spread of Covid -19, Gulu was put on a total lockdown due to the increase of community infections.

“The basis of the Gulu lock down was due to Patient 718 and his contacts that are under follow up until 29 June 2020.  Due to this, there was unprecedented move of a total lockdown with public, private and commercial transport not allowed to enter the district or move out of it,” Ojara, also Chua West County MP said.

He added that they (the forum) had a meeting with the Prime Minister and Chairperson of the National Task Force, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, where they agreed on lifting up some of the lockdown measures.

“We had a lengthy meeting with the Premier where we agreed that the commercial, private and public transport to and from Kitgum are allowed to pass through Gulu; the heavy deployment of armed security forces at entry and exit points would be reduced as it was not called for;  face masks to be distributed starting next week,” he added.

The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and also Woman MP for Gulu district, Hon. Betty Aol Ocan, said that the heavy deployment was uncalled for.

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