The trio includes two Burundians and a Ugandan, who was their navigator. Patrol agents intercepted them at Kamuli village in Kibanda sub-county.
RAKAI - The police in Rakai district is holding three people for violating the COVID19 travel ban. They sneaked into Uganda from Tanzania via a porous border.
The trio includes two Burundians Gilbert Nkurunziza (46), Blaise Sinzoyileba (21) and a Ugandan Hussein Kaliisa (24), who was their navigator. Patrol agents intercepted them at Kamuli village in Kibanda sub-county.
Ben Niwamanya, the District Police Commander told New Vision that the suspects were riding on one bicycle at the time they were intercepted.
He explained that the Ugandan took up the deal after the two foreigners promised to pay him a reasonable amount of money.
"After crossing into Uganda, the two Burundians were planning to head to Burundi. However, after the interception, we put them in an isolation centre where they are being monitored for 14 days," he said.
He further explained that they will be charged after establishing their status. Niwamanya added that they have intensified patrols around porous borders.
"We are sensitising communities about the risk of mixing with people who cross the border into the country without being tested for COVID19 and other deadly diseases such as Ebola," he said.
Tanzanian Truck Driver intercepted
In a related story in Kyotera district, Mutukula border authorities in collaboration with district health authorities and officials from the Ministry of Health have taken nasal swab samples from 130 truck drivers and turn boys to confirm their COVID19 status.
Of those, a 34-year-old Tanzanian cargo truck driver from Dar es Salaam tested positive for COVID19, according to Dr Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District health officer.
The driver was allowed to transport the cargo to its destination on Thursday since he did not show any signs and symptoms of the virus at the time.
Shockingly, his results came back positive prompting the concerned authorities to track him. He was later intercepted in Kirayandongo district on Friday.
Authorities are trying to establish whether he was in contact with some people on his way to Kirayandongo.
Still, two truck drivers have been quarantined at Kalisizo hospital after showing symptoms of COVID-19. They were heading to Tanzania through Mutukula border post on Monday.
Richard Bantubalamu, the Kalisizo Hospital Administrator, confirmed having them in the isolation facility saying their samples were sent to Uganda Virus Research Institute (URVI).
"We are waiting for the results to be released by the DHO to know their status," he said.