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Uncorroborated reports also indicate that some traders are escorted by police and other armed personnel to Beni in DRC. Last month, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered the closure of all borders and the airports with exception of cargo trucks to contain the spread of COVID19.
One of the porous points of the boarder being surveyed by UPDF

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Security officials in Kasese District have denied accusations of aiding illegal trade to operate across the Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC border in violation of the nationwide lock down because of the corona pandemic.  

This stems from accusations spreading on social media implicating security officials led by the Resident District Commissioner- RDC Lt. Joe Walusimbi for aiding illegal trade across Mpondwe border post.

Uncorroborated reports also indicate that some traders are escorted by police and other armed personnel to Beni in DRC. 

Last month, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered the closure of all borders and the airports with the exception of cargo trucks to contain the spread of COVID19. 

However, Lt. Walusimbi says the allegations are baseless and aimed at tarnishing the image of security officials in the district. He says those being allowed to cross the border are licensed traders.

Luganda//Cue in; “Kati nze sirina…   

Cue out…kwenjagala abantu bategere.”// 

He also denies claims that security officers are escorting traders across the border, saying this violates the sovereignty of another state.  

Luganda//Cue in; “Ate twina kuba…     

Cue out…obulimba obwekika gwawagulu.”//   

Walusmbi cautioned some media persons that have engaged in fighting political battles at the expense of giving out the right information. 

Maj. George Jet, the Commanding Officer in Charge of the 5th mountain Brigade in Rusese, says illegal traders use the porous borders to cross to either side of the border.      

He, however, says they have stepped up patrols along the border to eliminate illegal entrants. 

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Cue out: …is to sensitise.”//

The Bwera Division Police Commander, Sadat Sabila also dismisses claims that security officers are escorting businessmen across the border, saying they don’t have any reports to that effect.

Spencer Birungi, an officer at the Immigration Office in Mpondwe, says only those being cleared are traders with valid licenses dealing in cargo. 

DRC has 180 confirmed COVID19 cases and 16 registered deaths, giving the country a nine per cent death rate—one of the highest in Africa.