The Kisoro district Covid 19 task force has banned media from covering its weekly meetings meant to solicit for funds to support their operations.
The decision was reached at during today’s meeting, when the Chief Administrative Officer Suleiman Kasozi raised a red flag over the continued presence of reporters, who he said were sabotaging their work.
This development follows a story published by this website about a bitter clash between the Kisoro RDC Captain Peter Mugisha and the District Health Officer Dr Steven Nsabiyunva over the Shs 165Million sent to the district to fight Covid19.
“Mr chairman I was of the view that journalists cease attending our meetings as they have on several occasions reported what we don’t want them to, like what happened in council on Monday between the DHO and you the RDC”. Kasozi said.
In response, the RDC, Capt. Peter Mugisha who also heads the Covid19 task force in the district, ordered the journalists to leave the meeting because the “members were uncomfortable with their presence.”
He promised to address the journalists after the meeting.
This decision however, angered all journalists who believe the officials could be working to conceal some information
Barnabas Kamusiime, one of the journalists said the media ban was uncalled for, and noted that as reporters they play a critical role in informing and keeping the public abreast with what is happening at the district.
Some of the district leaders were also unhappy with the move.
Alex Ndayambaja, a district councilor representing central division in the district council said some of the leaders were trying evade accountability.
He noted that the media has all along been on the forefront of mobilizing and teaching the masses ever since the Covid19 outbreak
“How come they had not chased the journalists before they received the government money. They are probably plotting on how to share it,” he said.
President Yoweri Museveni during his various Covid19 national addresses has referred to the media as essential in the fight against the pandemic.