Authorities in Kabale district have called in the UPDF to help get accurate information from a Kenyan truck driver, who is currently being treated for Covid19 at Kabale regional referral hospital.
The district officials revealed yesterday that they had handed over the patient’s mobile phone to the army’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) to trace whoever he got in contact with while he stayed in Kabale town.
Darius Nandinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner speaking during the district Covid19 task force on Thursday, said the intelligence body will assist them to know exactly which persons the truck driver could have interacted with.
This he said, was because they had reason to believe that the patient was not telling the truth to the officials.
The truck driver, Daudi Noor, upon being questioned, told authorities that he slept in his truck together with his turn boy while he was in Kabale town before he proceeded to Kisoro.
The RDC however, says officials were confident that the driver was purposefully hiding information from them about who he interacted with, which was dangerous to the people of Kabale.
“He has said he only interacted with his turn boy, but he also says his truck was packed in Kigongi, opposite Manhattan Hotel. We do not believe this information. We have left matters to CMI and we shall get to know who he contacted” Nandinda said.
Manhattan Hotel in Kabale town is located a few metres from Bombocha, an infamous bar with lots of sex workers.
The truck driver in question was admitted on 24th of April 2020 at Kabale regional referral hospital after being intercepted at Cyanika Border Post in Kisoro.
Ministry of Health officials discovered that the said driver had tested Positive for Covid19 when he had already crossed to Rwanda. This forced security to deploy in Kisoro as they tracked his movements back to Uganda.
Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale District chairperson said they will hunt for whoever contacted the driver to make sure they are quarantined.
He also revealed that Rubanda District has been able to identify a woman, who was allegedly in love with the said driver and has been quarantined.
Keihwa added that others in quarantine over the matter are Irish Potato farmers who sold potatoes to the patient.
Also in neighbouring Kisoro district, a number of people have been sent into quarantine, over getting in contact with the patient.