Two Ugandan lawmakers were arrested on Monday by the country’s police force on allegations that they mobilized protests against the re-opening of the borders with South Sudan amid a new surge in cases of the coronavirus. In particular, the protesters alleged that the new coronavirus infections are being caused by transporters crossing the Elegu border.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has declared that the fight against coronavirus has been won, and the country should return back to normalcy if the number of infectious continues to remain low. The president has prevented the closure of places of worship during the epidemic and claimed that the virus cannot survive in the church.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has declared that wearing masks is mandatory in the country from today on, the period in which the ban on immigration is lifted. The move was announced on Monday night, when President Museveni addressed the nation after completing 35 days of the ban, or lockdown.
The Ministry of Health in Uganda has confirmed that it is in the process of searching for a Tanzanian citizen who was infected with the coronavirus with the intention of returning him home. The 34-year-old truck driver from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, arrived at Mutukula border station on April 16, 2020. According to a statement issued by the Uganda Ministry of Health, the man did not show any signs of COVID-19.
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has announced the extension of the lockdown for people in Uganda to remain in their homes for 21 days. The move is being considered as a way to control coronavirus infections in the country. So far, 54 people have been diagnosed with the virus, and four of them have been recovered. No deaths have been reported so far.
Ugandan opposition leader and singer Bobi Wine has released a song asking people to wash their hands and criticizing his government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, his song criticizes the poor state of health care systems ins his country and others on the continent.
South Africa has announced its first death caused by coronavirus as the nation began to ban travelers from foreign countries. The nation has more than 1,000 cases so far. South Africa’s defense and security forces have begun today to urge the implementation of lockdown measures on people to stay in their homes to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, has banned the use of public transport in Uganda. In his speech to the nation, Mr. Museveni announced a ban on all public transport, including boda boda (motorcycles). Small buses and large buses leading to rural areas, as well as trains and cars, are also banned.
The Kenyan government has issued a directive disallowing all passenger flights. This is in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. According to a statement, issued by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday, the rule will come into effect on Wednesday. Cargo aircraft will, however, be allowed, and all crew-members are expected to adhere to strict precautionary guidelines.
“Confidential” information continues to flow from the office of the head of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, about what happened at his meeting with the head of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, on Tuesday in Uganda. Citing expert opinion, Israeli media reported that the purpose of this media campaign is to win votes in the general elections to be held on March 2. That is in less than a month.
Five people were killed by floods in Kampala, Uganda over the weekend, among them a marine officer on a rescue mission. Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said that the body of the marine police officer, Sgt Godfrey Mwondha an officer with Uganda Police Force, was found in Mbuuya Katoongo swamp which is often used as a washing bay.
At least 26 people have been killed by floods brought about by heavy rains in different parts of Uganda. The residents of the affected areas have been urged to relocate to safer grounds. “Seventeen flooding deaths have been reported in the western district of Bundibugyo. Another nine people have died in the mountainous districts of Sironko and Bududa in the east, where residents also face mud slides,” said Irene Nakasiita, spokesperson of the Uganda Red Cross.
Uganda wants to introduce a law that makes homosexuality punishable by a death penalty. The Ugandan government made the announcement. The new law is meant to curb what the local authorities describe as the rise of “unnatural sex” in the East African country. Human rights activists fear that the plan will encourage violence against LGBTs and transgender people.