Mubende district residents protest Ebola lockdown
By: Melanie Aanyu
A section of Mubende District leaders and residents have protested the government’s three-week extension of the Ebola-induced lockdown.
Although some leaders admitted that the earlier lockdown had reduced confirmed cases in Mubende, they said the government should consider the plight of the jobless groups.
Residents blame the government for failing to appreciate the challenges brought about by the stringent restrictions on transport.
Ms Amina Nalwadda, a resident of West Division in Mubende Municipality, accused the Ministry of Health officials and a section of the district leadership of failing to advise the President about their plight.
Mr Eric Kyeyune, a member of the Mubende District Boda Boda Cyclists Association executive committee, said their industry is one of the most affected sectors by the extended lockdown.
While the government allowed the boda boda cyclists to carry cargo, they are largely used by passengers that need quick means.
The Resident District Commissioner and chairperson of the Ebola taskforce, Ms Rosemary Byabashaija, called for calm.