In Uganda, Kampala, the Kira Road police boss Turyasingura has unfortunately succumbed to COVID-19:

 

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RIP: Mathias Turyasingura

 

Kira Road Division district police commander (DPC) Mathias Turyasingura has succumbed to coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

Assistant inspector general of police (AIGP) Asan Kasingye said Turyasingura succumbed to COVID-19 on Tuesday at Mulago National Referral hospital.

“You were a good commander, patriotic, disciplined and always concerned with the welfare of your officers. DPC, you fought crime in Kira Road with zest and zeal. Rest in Peace comrade," said Kasingye in a tribute.

The next day, the deceased communicated to his colleagues that he was receiving treatment at one of the clinics in Mpererwe, a Kampala city suburb where he has been residing, but the situation deteriorated over the weekend. He was transferred to Mulago hospital on Sunday evening, where a COVID-19 test was taken and returned positive.

At the time of his death, according to Ssemitego, the deceased had already received the first COVID-19 vaccination jab as did most other officers.

 

The long line up  to vaccinations in Uganda as the second wave of COVID19 strikes the country

 

Semirego said they are waiting for official communication from Turyasingura's family and relatives, and the Uganda Police Force about the arrangements of his burial.

The deceased, who hails from Kabale district joined police in 2007 when Gen Kale Kayihura was the Inspector General of Police (IGP). He did an intermediate course at Kaweweta, completed senior command and staff course before he was posted as DPC Kira Road replacing Michael Kasigire who had by then transferred to Entebbe last year.

In March, police launched a COVID-19 vaccination exercise for its personnel at an event that was presided over by chief of joint security Maj Gen Jack Bakasumba at Naguru police headquarters.

Dr Moses Byaruhanga, the director of police health services, recently said that so far only 7,833 police officers in Kampala have turned up for the COVID-19 vaccination. Health officials have said Uganda is already into its second coronavirus wave with all the ICU units at Entebbe and Mulago hospitals already full. 

 

 

 

 

 

In Uganda, Kyambogo University has stopped physical classes over Covid-19 as the pendamic continue to spread again in the country:

 

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Kyambogo University officials at the main gate earlier

 

Eight student leaders of Kyambogo University have been arrested for staging a protest against the institution’s decision to suspend physical learning and ordering for online learning following a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases. 

The arrested include guild president John Mbaziira and his vice Claire Namara. Others are; Eriasa Kato, Bright Kasozi, Calvin Waiswa, Geoffrey Ssali, Alphonso Nkurunziza, and Ivan Malingumu.     

During the protest, the students blocked all the roads leading to the university with bonfires and heaps of cabbage, saying they wanted the university management to stop the implementation of the e-learning system since most of them are not prepared for it.     

Kyambogo University recently registered eight Covid-19 positive cases. Six of the cases were detected from students while two are administrative staff. Reuben Twinomujuni, the university senior public relations officer, says that following the outbreak of Covid-19 at the university, management decided to cancel physical learning and resort to online teaching.

However, the decision was resisted by a section of students and the guild leadership who claim that many of their colleagues don’t have laptops and smartphones while others cannot afford internet data.

Edwin Tumusiime, the personal assistant to the guild president, says the student leadership has on several times written to management asking them to either reconsider the decision or engage students on how they could smoothly migrate to online lectures in vain.  

But, Twinomujuni says that even without the Covid-19 cases, the university had already designed a road map that was sent to all students before reopening indicating that at a given point, lectures would be held online in the blended system.    

He adds that before the program was rolled out, the university did a survey among the students to find their willingness or inability to participate in the proposed arrangement and most of the learners accepted that they have the required gadgets for online learning.   

"70 per cent of the learners said they had laptops and smartphones and they could access the tool. To ensure that learners are catered for, the university installed wireless internet hotspots all over the university campus and at different colleges for learners who cannot afford data,” Twinomujuni said adding that an option of using university computes in different ICT laboratories was granted to those who don’t own laptops or smartphones.    

Mark Kiguli, a student pursuing a bachelors of arts degree in education, says that the said wireless internet hotspots are not working and at times are completely off.  He says that learning cannot take place if they are not certain of attending classes.   

Kampala Metropolitan police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says that the arrested students have been charged with inciting violence and are currently detained at Jinja Road police station pending investigations.

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The Ministry of Health better understand properly what these students are trying to say.
Of recent, Artel has revoked my company's data with the excuse that it was due to expire as a recent Islamic holiday approached.
Now that these students might try to save for ownership of a smartphone or a laptop for their international studies online, the position of acquiring unlimited data is non-existent.

As one can see all over the newspaper, these network companies are rolling in lots of money from their customers and what they are trying to show off is to sponsor dodgy social projects for the very poor.
Customers who need intellectual and business communication, this government is on record that such connection is non-essential.
Being online is Lugambo and therefore non-essential. The government has put up high prices for buying data.
What these students are saying is that for a second lockdown, they will not be educated. They are going to end up in the countryside with a hoe to dig for food with their families!
One wants to ask the Ministry of Health some common sense questions.

As the Uganda Police is busy arresting and piling up these students in very crowded police cells and prisons, well who is busy inciting the spread of this terrible virus right now in Ugandan cities?
The Uganda Army one hopes has larger cells and military prisons for distancing, where they can continue to kidnap, arrest and pile up young people being persecuted over political treason!