South Sudanese Continue Entering Uganda Despite Border Closure

 
 
 

ADJUMANI

South Sudanese refugees continue entering Uganda despite the closure of the country`s borders. President, Yoweri Museveni announced the closure of Uganda’s borders last week to contain the spread of the Corona virus alias COVID19.

The State Minister for Refugees and Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru also announced last week that they had stopped receiving new refugees because of the COVID19 threat. Uganda has since registered 33 confirmed COVID cases.

However, Titus Jogo, the Adjumani Refugee Desk Officer told PRIME RADIO over the weekend that they receive between 30-34 South Sudanese nationals on daily basis.

He explained that the refugees enter Uganda through the porous border, which stretches from Moyo to Lamwo district.

He says that most of the refugees come to pick food and money distributed by humanitarian agencies and cross back into South Sudan.

Jogo however says they after holding a series of meetings with security, they have resolved to repatriate all refugees entering Uganda through porous borders.

Adjumani District Health Officer, George Bhoka says the continuous entry of South Sudanese refugees into Uganda compromises the health of residents and refugees in the district.

Nancy Aol, a resident of Adjumani town, says the continued entry of South Sudanese makes it difficult to fight the corona pandemic since they mingle freely with people in the district.

Denis Idro, another resident of Adjumani town observes that most of the new entrants neither speak English nor Ma`di, which makes it difficult for residents to guide them on hand washing.

 
 

28 Christians Arrested for Defying Ban on Church Gatherings

 
 
 

KAMPALA

At least 28 Christians including two pastors were arrested in Kampala and Wakiso district on Sunday, for defying a ban on Church gatherings. Such gatherings were banned for 32-days, as one of the measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus Disease-COVID-19.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman, Patrick Onyango, said that the group was arrested by the Security Inter-Agency Joint Task Force from various Churches. One of the pastors was identified as Immaculate Biyinzika of Praise Jesus Worship Church who was arrested together with 20 worshipers from Makandwa Kajjansi, Wakiso District.

The other is Pastor Moses Baker of Alter Truth Ministries of Komamboga-Kyanja who was picked by the Intelligence Surveillance Team along with six followers and detained at Kira Road Police Station. Police said Baker had more than a dozen people but others escaped arrest.

"Pastor Biyinzika tried to resist arrest on defence that she was praying with only her family members at her home," Onyango said. Security agencies said Biyinzika was found collecting offertory in a Congregation which is far bigger than her residence could accommodate.

Uganda National Security Council set up a Joint Task Force superintended by Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi on Wednesday purposely to ensure that the Presidential orders are followed but also work with the Ministry of Health to evacuate COVID-19 patients.

"We want to appreciate members of the public who are giving us vital information on places, institutions, and individuals who are trying to defy the directives aimed at protecting Ugandans from infection by COVID-19," Onyango said.

UPDF and the Uganda Police Force have deployed 240 health workers to help the Ministry of Health to fight COVID-19. Field Operations of the Joint Task Team are commanded by Maj Gen Leopold Uganda.

 
 

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