The Ugandan government had earlier on announced that its borders would be closed, in order to forestall the spread of the virus, which has killed more 65, 000 People across the world. So far, the confirmed cases of coronavirus in Uganda stands at 52 people, the majority of which, were all imported by travellers from Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Several businessmen from the Democratic
Republic of Congo are still sneaking into Uganda, through the ungazetted entry
points in the West Nile region. According to health and security personnel,
the entry of individuals from another country poses a great risk of spreading coronavirus
disease COVID-19 to communities within Uganda.
The Ugandan government had
earlier on announced that its borders would be closed, in order to forestall
the spread of the virus, which has killed more 65, 000 People across the
world. So far, the confirmed cases of
coronavirus in Uganda stands at 52 people, the majority of which, were all imported
by travellers from Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
But intelligence reports indicate
that Congolese nationals pay between USD 30 (113,000 Shillings) and USD 100 (375,000)
depending on the gravity of the business and use a different arrangement to go
back to DRC through various routes along the porous border.
Arua Resident District Commissioner
Nahori Oyaa says that movement of the DRC travellers has been aided by Bodaboda
riders in the area, and cautions that whoever is found disregarding presidential
directives, on the movement of people, will face the long arm of the law.
//Cue in; I’m informed that…
Cue out… abide by this.”//
A similar concern has been raised
in Pakwach district where the illegal entry of Congolese nationals has been reported. The area RDC Swaib Toko says they are already
engaging the DRC authorities to control human traffic within their jurisdiction.
//Cue in; There are cases…
Cue out; for much longer.”//
However, Arua District Chairman Sam
Wadri Nyakua observes a need to engage the DRC Embassy in Kampala to have the
matter addressed and added that many DRC nationals have already lured Ugandans
into their markets, putting people at the risk of acquiring COVID-19.
//Cue in; Congo embassy in…
Cue out.... engage the youth.”//
But Safi Alema Tiyo, the
chairperson of the bodaboda Association in Arua district has accused the
security officials of not involving them in security meetings to fight the
spread of Coronavirus disease. He confirms that although bodabodas are being
blamed, there are unscrupulous people who use their motorbikes and positions to
accomplish the mission with the Congolese.
//Cue in; In this corona
Cue out... beings like me.”//
The regional Coronavirus Taskforce and security team has called for more deployments and patrols along the
borders to stop Ugandans from crossing into DRC and Vice versa.
Research by the Centre for Disease Control
indicates that COVID-19 spread between people interacting in close proximity
through speaking, coughing, or sneezing, even if those people are not