Rakai Resident District Commissioner Charles Mubiru says that the individuals were intercepted at Kamuli village in Kibanda sub-county. At the same place, police intercepted two Burundians and a Ugandan who had crossed from Tanzania in April.
Rakai RDC Charles Mubiru
Five Tanzanian nationals have been
arrested in Rakai district for sneaking into Uganda despite the closure of
borders to human traffic. The borders were closed as one of the measures to
control the spread of coronavirus disease. Only long distance trucks are allowed
to cross, through Mutukula border post.
Rakai Resident District
Commissioner Charles Mubiru says that the individuals were intercepted at
Kamuli village in Kibanda sub-county. At the same place, police intercepted two
Burundians and a Ugandan who had crossed from Tanzania in April.
Mubiru, who heads the District
COVID-19 Task Force, explains that the suspects are now kept in isolation at
the District Agricultural and Technical Centre (DATIC). Already swab samples
have been taken from the suspects and sent to the Uganda Virus Research
He says that the task force is
battling to control the movement of Ugandans and Tanzanians who are entering
and exiting the country through ungazetted crossing points. So far, Rakai alone
has recorded four patients with COVID-19 disease. However, one of the patients
was discharged on Thursday after treatment at Masaka Regional Referral
Ben Niwamanya, the District
Police Commander says that the majority of Tanzanians are running to Uganda for
safety following the escalation of COVID-19 cases in their country. However, he
adds, the task force has received reinforcements from UPDF Armored
Brigade-Masaka to intensify day and night patrols across porous borders to
arrest the intruders from Tanzania.
Meanwhile, the task force is trying
to identify all the people who got in contact with the five Tanzanians in
Kamuli village. Between May 4 and 7, the same task force officials sealed off
Bulanga village, in Kibanda sub-county to identify all residents who got in
contact with, a COVID-19 patient who has been receiving treatment from Masaka.
The man who had gone to Tanzania
for business, posted positive results days after meeting different people in
his village including his own family members, upon his return. This prompted
authority to transfer him to Masaka treatment centre.
Authorities led by Dr Moses
Sakor, the Rakai District Health Officer, identified at least ten of his family
members and colleagues whom they ordered to self-isolate for 14-days.