MOYO. Police in Moyo was on Thursday evening forced to fire teargas and live bullets to disperse the locals of Pamoti and Pamoju villages in Moyo sub-county who had blocked Moyo district officials from accessing the district farm institute (DFI).

The DFI has been gazetted by the district authorities for isolating coronavirus suspected cases.

This after the district team, led by the RDC, Mr William Labeja, attempted to take a 32-year-old lady who had returned from Dubai to the institute for isolation and further management.

In the process, they were faced by the angry population that started burning car tyres on the road in protest of the decision, an act which forced police to start firing teargas and live bullets to disperse the locals.

The locals argued that they were not informed of the decision to gazette the DFI for coronavirus cases, a move they said is likely to expose them to the danger of contracting the disease.

Mr Richard Dramani, one of the aggrieved residents said the community is green about the district’s decision to bring suspected cases to their area without first being sensitized.

“We are not against the decision of the district leaders to use DFI as isolation center for suspected coronavirus cases but our worry is; we have not been sensitized by the leaders. Then how safe are we in this situation?” Dramani asked.

He warned that the district shouldn’t take the disease for granted because it is so contagious and can spread too fast to affect the entire community.

protesterA protester raises his handa after tear gas cannisters were lobbed at his fleeing colleagues.

“I’m disappointed in this government, we were taken by surprise after seeing prisoners cleaning the area, we thought they were for routine cleanness. In the afternoon the district chairman was seen here and promised to meet us at 4:00pm but up to now, he is nowhere to be seen,” Ms Betty Dralobu, another resident said.

But Dr. Francis Kiza, a medical doctor at Moyo general hospital warned the residents against the danger of protesting the decision of the district leaders. He said the health workers in the district will not be responsible for any outbreak in the homesteads.

The Moyo district chairman Mr Williams Anyama equally registered his disappointment over the decision of the locals, saying the leaders are currently sacrificing themselves to save lives.

He added that the locals were not informed because of the ban on gatherings.

According to Anyama, the decision taken to gazette DFI was based on the availability of required facilities, distance between the facility and the communities and above all, the area is fenced with adequate security for victims.

Meanwhile Labeja cautioned the locals against taking the law into their hands.

He noted that those to be brought for isolation at the institute are brothers and sisters to the residents.

Labeja, however, apologized for not keeping the community informed about the decision.