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Akim Busulwa, a Cargo driver argues that those quarantined are made to dig into their pockets to sustain themselves. He wants government to feed them throughout the quarantine period.
Some of the lorries parked in Mpondwe border point

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Cargo truck drivers in Mpondwe border town in Kasese are protesting a decision by the Health authorities to subject them to the mandatory 14 day quarantine. 

Recently, Kasese district with guidance from the Health Ministry resolved to quarantine cargo truck drivers entering Uganda from DRC for 14 day in a designated area.  

The move has drawn protests from the truck drivers, saying they will heavy costs to maintain themselves during the quarantine period. They also say the week’s period is likely to take a huge toll on their families. 

Akim Busulwa, a Cargo driver argues that those quarantined are made to dig into their pockets to sustain themselves. He wants government to feed them throughout the quarantine period.   

   

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Cue out:…lyaki batide kantini.”// 

Allan Nkugwa says the isolation will disrupt their work and delay their return to Kampala. Nkugwa says their families will have to do without food and care until the family head will return. 

He demands that government does an on spot check and quarantine only those with visible symptoms.  

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Cue out:…bana kuweka yuzo.”//

Barak Ahmed doesn’t see the need to quarantine them, saying they don’t mix with local communities in DRC. 

He explains that most truck driver deliver their cargo to warehouses and return to Uganda on the same day. 

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Cue out:… tunarudisha yuko.”// 

Umar Kawooya, another truck driver wonders why government hasn’t considered feeding quarantined drivers.  He says the quarantine has placed a heavy burden on their shoulders.   

However, Lt. Joe Walusimbi, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner, says they will not relax any guidelines issued by the Health Ministry to contain the spread of corona virus.   

He welcomes the government’s proposal to collect blood samples from suspects, saying it will reduce the number of days they spend in the quarantine to only three days. 

On Tuesday, president, Yoweri Museveni re-emphasized the need quarantine to test for Covid-19 all cross-border drivers to eliminate the spread of the virus.

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