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CONTACT TRACING, DATA (IN)JUSTICE AND JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT IN UGANDA

*Maureen O. Mapp, Ph.D.

Lecturer, University of Birmingham Law School, UK

 

In April 2020, Laura Nagasha Barumba gave a disturbing account of data leaks by Uganda’s Ministry for Health. Information revealing the location of people quarantined for suspected COVID-19 was widely circulated without their knowledge or consent resulting in discrimination, and harassment for those affected. Laura was lucky to be let back onto her housing estate. In Senero village, Kalangala district, four hundred residents refused to receive Engineer Banya back in the village even though he had recovered from COVID-19. Local officials faulted the Ministry of Health for failing to design a cohesive reintegration strategy.