By Christopher Agaba
Sheema district COVID 19 taskforce has summoned Parliamentary aspirant Dickson Kateshumbwa for allegedly violating guidelines issued by ministry of health and the Electoral commission to stem the spread of covid 19.
Kateshumbwa,a former commissioner of Uganda Revenue Authority is seeking endorsement from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to contest for the seat currently occupied by the Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, the minister of science and technology.
But, the Chairperson of the Sheema District COVID19 taskforce Frank Kyerere has faulted Kateshumbwa for a procession held in his support around Sheema municipality disregarding all guidelines issued to ensure that the disease, which spreads though person to person is forestalled.
The greater Bushenyi Regional police Commander,Bosco Otim says police tried to block the procession by mounting roadblocks to stop Kateshumbwa’s supporters from proceeding to Koga, the border of Mbarara and Sheema. However, the police teams were overpowered by the multitudes of supporters.
The procession brought business and traffic to a standstill along the Mbarara-Sheema road, and around Kabwohe town.
Kyerere says that besides the absence of physical distancing, the majority of Kateshumbwa’s supporters had no masks, adding that the police have been advised to investigate them for participating in a negligent act which is likely to spread infectious disease and disobedience of lawful orders.
But Kateshumbwa says that he didn’t plan the procession, neither was he aware that in the process of welcoming him after the nomination, his supporters flouted some COVID 19 guidelines.
Dr. Polly Nkwasibwe Katate, the political assistant to Kateshumbwa accused the police of trying to block them though they were following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
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