By Ivan Mwine
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed yet another prominent Ugandan identified as Gordon Arinda alias Cowboy, who was the former Member of Parliament for Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality.
According to family sources, Arinda, who was a member of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) was rushed to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital last week after he tested positive with COVID-19 and immediately he started receiving treatment but his health condition deteriorated over the weekend until he breathed his last on Sunday.
His demise was confirmed by the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Anita Among, who tweeted thus;
“My sympathies to the family and friends of Hon.Arinda Gordon Cowboy, May his Soul find eternal rest. We shall remember you for your dedication in serving your people and Country in the 10th Parliament.”
The Government Chief Hon. Thomas Tayebwa also sent in his condolence message to the bereaved family when he tweeted thus;
“Rest In Peace my brother Gordon. When I went to see U at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital on Wednesday I didn’t know COVID w’d take u. We prayed & thanked God for having defeated the devil not knowing it was meant to take u today evening. So so sad! @NRMOnline @Parliament_Ug.”
Meanwhile, Arinda’s death comes at a time when cases of COVID-19 infections are fast increasing in Uganda ever since President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni reopened the economy last months.
According to information from the Ministry of Health, results of COVID-19 tests done on January 7th, 2022 confirmed 984 new cases of infection, out of the 153,762 total cumulative cases, with 3,339 deaths 98, 693 recoveries.
Currently, the Test Positivity Rate is 11.2% and the breakdown of new cases of infection per district is as follows;
974 Alerts And Contacts: Kampala (465), Wakiso (137), Luweero (61), Soroti (53), Gulu (46), Jinja (46), Mbarara (33), Mayuge (30), Kiruhura (15), Kalangala (14), Moroto (9), Adjumani (8), Kikuube (8), Masindi (6), Buliisa (6), Kalungu (5).
Iganga (5), Arua (5), Koboko (3), Hoima (4), Busia (5), Yumbe (2), Kalaki (2), Kabarole (3), Bududa (2), Wakiso (2), Mbale (2), Masaka (1), Namisindwa (1), Kabale (1), Nebbi (1), Pakwach (1), Kiryandongo (1), Amuru (7), Bukwo (1), Koboko (1) Kyotera (5), Mukono (3), Tororo (2).