The scientific protests come days after Bwowe wrote a letter dated July, 8, 2020 to Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng that returnees will have no contractual obligation with the quarantine centres at the end of the 14th day.
A section of Ugandans who returned into the country have called off their protest against spending more than 14 days in institutional
The returnees had planned to stage protest until they are
discharged from quarantine. Among the planned actions for the protest
included packing up their bags and leaving their hotel rooms on the 14th
day and wait at the reception for a maximum of four hours for their discharge
Ivan Bwowe, the lawyer and his clients are among the 221 Ugandans who returned
on July 2nd from South Africa, Botswana, United Kingdom, and Ireland among
Bwowe says over 50 of the returnees backed the idea for a protest.
Last week, Bwowe wrote a letter dated July 8, 2020, to Health
Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng that returnees will have no contractual obligation
with the quarantine centres at the end of the 14th day.
He noted that the ministry should, therefore, collect samples from the
returnees before the 14 days and release the results early enough so that the
negative returnees are discharged from quarantine.
However, Bwowe now says the ministry of health spokesperson, Emmanuel
Ainebyoona has communicated to the returnees, that their nasal and throat swab
samples will be collected on Friday morning and results returned next day.
"For now, we have scaled down on the activities for the protests and are
on standby," Bwowe says, "But we have told the ministry that we shall
not pay for any extra day in quarantine."
Bwowe says the returnees boarded flights to Uganda with the understanding that
they would spend 14 days in quarantine.
However, at Entebbe International Airport returnees say they got a
document authored by the Ministry of Health indicating that a sample would be
taken on the 14th day and returned within three days after completion of the
mandatory quarantine days.
Bwowe returned from Ireland and says some of the returnees will
have spent more than 10 million shillings by the time they complete
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June 22nd, a total of 804 Ugandans and legal residents have returned from
Afghanistan, India, Southern Africa, Ireland and the United Kingdom and are
currently accommodated in 37 quarantine centres in Entebbe and Kampala which
were gazetted by the Ministry of Health.