UPDF soldiers deployed along Uganda-Rwanda border over COVID-19

Tension in Nakasongola Army barracks as UPDF solider tests positive for coronavirus
UPDF deployment along Uganda-Rwanda border (courtesy photo)

KABALE- Uganda has deployed Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers along the Uganda- Rwanda border as preventive measure against the porous border crossing in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The soldiers were deployed after the recent influx of Rwandans entering Uganda through porous border points. 

The Rwandans were allegedly escaping to Uganda after the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rise past 50.

Darius Nandinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner (RDC) revealed the matter while addressing the Kabale coronavirus task force tea, that was structured to oversee preventive measures against the possible spread of the corona virus in the country. 

Nandinda said that soldiers have been deployed, replacing police officer who have been manning the place previously before the outbreak of the coronavirus.

According to Nandinda, local council Chairpersons whose villages neighbor Rwanda have frequently reported the influx of Rwandans to Uganda escaping the outbreak in their home country. 

“Rwandans have been entering Uganda through Kafunjo and Butanda but the UPDF has been deployed there to beef up security and curtail the unnecessary movements” Nandinda was quoted.

The RDC further reveled that as a preventive measure, Uganda will not allow anymore people Rwandans to cross to Uganda, to avoid the possible spread of the corona virus since Rwanda has already reported the cases.

“Rwandans living here won’t be allowed to cross back neither will those coming be allowed here until the pandemic is beaten down. No more movements” Nandinda was quoted. 

The directive comes days after president Museveni directed the closure of Entebbe international airport and border points in a bid to stop the cross border movements.

The president however noted that only cargo planes and trucks carrying essential and relief goods will be allowed to land and cross the borders.

Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale District Chairperson told our reporter that the deployment is in line with enacting the presidential orders of closing down all the border points to stop the scourge. 

More than 24,000 people globally have so died from COVID-19, while more than 500,000 infections have been confirmed in at least 195 countries and territories.

Uganda has so far confirmed 18 cases.