Kitgum District COVID-19 Taskforce has resolved to ban all
cross-border truck drivers from making stopovers in the district.
The resolution made during a weekly task-force meeting on Friday aims at
curbing truck drivers from neighbouring East African countries from spreading
This was in response to an incident on Wednesday when a Kenyan truck driver who
had tested positive to covid-19 was intercepted at Kamdini Trading Center in
Oyam District en-route to South Sudan.
He reportedly entered Uganda through Malaba on April 12 and made contacts with
several residents during stopovers on the way, among them 22 people in Lira
District that have so far been traced and placed under quarantine.
Jackson Omona, Kitgum LCV Chairperson says the District is a key international
route used by many truck drivers to deliver cargo to South Sudan’s Torit state.
It connects to Uganda-South Sudan Border point of Musingo in Madi Opei Sub County
in Lamwo District.
Omona cited that most truck drivers mainly from Kenya usually spend a night in
Kitgum Municipality before crossing into South Sudan.
He suggested that the district ban such cross-border drivers from making
stopovers to limit the risk of exposing COVID-19 to locals in case they are
positive to the deadly disease.
Geoffrey Oguti, Mucwini Sub County LCV Councillor says banning truck drivers from
spending a night, buying goods by the roadside and visiting public places will
reduce possibilities of members of the community coming into contact with them.
William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner also the COVID-19
task-force Chairperson says the resolution will be implemented immediately.
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He notes that the committee has also resolved to have all cargo trucks and
pickups operating within the district to park at the designated parking yard
opposite Kitgum General Hospital in Central Division for easy monitoring and
Some of the task-force members suggested that security should accompany the
truck drivers up to the district border point with Lamwo district to ensure
that the directives are achievable in fighting the spread of COVID-19.
But Komakech says the matter will be subject to discussion with security