Kapchorwa district Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Simon Peter Kandole has died, the Daily Express has learnt.
District authorities confirmed to this website that Kalonde succumbed to COVID-19 on Monday morning at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital where he was admitted in intensive care in critical condition on Friday.
Kapchorwa district LC V chairperson, Evelyn Kubalika says that the CAO tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday last week.
She explains that when Kandole felt unwell, he decided to self-isolate but his condition deteriorated on Friday and was rushed to Mbale Regional Hospital where he was put on oxygen.
Kubalika decried the negative attitude among residents about the pandemic, saying that the majority do not believe the disease is real. She says that the death of the CAO should send a strong message to the public about the need for extra vigilance and implementation of COVID-19 prevention measures.
Robert Owili Abiya, the Deputy CAO Kapchorwa district says that Kandole’s death has come at a time when the district is battling a surge in COVID-19 cases. He says that the deceased who had served as CAO for three and half years was transferred recently to Arua district and was planning to hand over the office when he contracted the virus.
Dr. Emmanuel Tugaineyo, the Director Mbale Regional Referral Hospital says the deceased was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and was placed on life support.
The Prime Minister Robina Nabanja eulogized the fallen CAO and encouraged the public to continue observing SOPs as the fight against Covid rages on.
“Our brother Kandole Simon Peter who hails from Kibaale, son of Late Kazairwe has breathed his last at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital this morning. Banange Covid19 is real, as we struggle to survive let us observe SOPs. I know we shall get over this someday” she posted on her social media page.