Following the strict new guidelines by H.E. The President to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the joint security agencies were now focusing on observing the ban on travel to and from Uganda.
Security is also ensuring no persons enter Uganda by land or water except for drivers and accompanying crew, (not exceeding 3 persons) for cargo transport vehicles like trailers, lorries and other vehicles.
No buses, mini buses, salon cars or bodabodas shall be allowed in the country.
This also includes pedestrians, walking on foot and cyclists riding bicycles.
“All our border points were beefed up with additional deployments to ensure strict adherence to the border lockdown,” said police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga.
A few sanctions were carried out as follows; On the 21/03/2020, 9 Tanzanian businessmen dealing in sugar were intercepted by the Police Marine Unit after they entered Uganda, using MV Upendo in Mwanza, and escorted back to Tanzania.
These include; Juma Mchalaganya, Kondo Msuka, Spencer Jupinya, Hajji Juma, Matthias Alisteus, Siraje Kassim, Mussa Alfani, Raphael Abel And Malizia Osward.
In Zombo, 6 Chinese and 2 Ugandans who attempted to cross to Bunia, DRC were arrested; on the 9/03/2020, a Japanese national identified as Kitahori Ken, a 47 year old, male adult was denied entry, after he failed to complete the 14 day quarantine in Kenya.
He had travelled to Malaba from Madagascar, through Ethiopia and Kenya.