BY ALEX BALUKU
KASESE: MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2021
Lt. Joe Walusimbi, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner, is fighting to end late coming and absenteeism among the district coronavirus task-force members that is affecting decision making and implementation to combat the pandemic.
In order to end the vice, the resident district commissioner has directed a section of members on the District Covid-19 Task-force to record statements at police about their absence from important meetings.
Lt. Walusimbi says the affected members including the District Health Officer and in-charges of health facilities with Covid-19 isolation centres who are all aware that meetings are always held weekly on Wednesday morning.
The RDC, who is the Task-force Chairperson, wonders why the affected persons decided not to attend the meeting in which they were to declare the money that the Ministry of Health disbursed to the district to sensitize the community members about Covid-19 prevention.
Addressing the press at his office in Kasese town, the RDC said he had instructed the Chief Administrative Officer to publicly declare how much money was received as supplementary budget for Covid-19 activities.
Towards the end of last financial year, the Ministry of health asked all district councils and councils of Cities and municipalities to approve supplementary budget under the health department.
The money was disbursed into the various accounts of the respective local governments in July but many accounting officers have remained silent over it.
In a telephone interview with our reporter, the District Health Officer, Dr. Yusuf Baseke explained that he was aware about the meeting and had delegated his Health Inspector to represent him.
Neither he nor the chief administrative officer has stated why they are tight lipped over the Covid-19 supplementary funds.