The Ministry of Internal Affairs Spokesperson Jacob Siminyu has revealed that in Nimule, which is across Elegu boarder, trucks are piling up with distraught drivers saying they are unable to pay the 65 dollar COVID-19 testing fee.
“In Nimule which is across Elegu, we have trucks piling up. Lorry truck drivers say they are unable to pay for this issue, our security personnel are talking to them to make them aware of the purpose to which the fee was put in place,” Siminyu said.
Addressing the media, Siminyu said that at Malaba, the drivers also attempted to strike because of the fee.
“At Malaba, the drivers attempted to strike because of the fee for the checkup of COVID-19 but our health people and security talked to them and they now remain calm so the traffic is moving smoothly there,” he added.
Siminyu noted that the Ministry also handed over its office in the Northern region to Uganda Security Printing Cooperation for renovation, refurnishing and installing of software for the production of passports.
Renovation of other offices like Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara, he said, have started and will enable people to easily get passports in those areas without having to travel to the head office and in Kampala.
He also emphasized that those who had been quarantined and left their passports should pick them up.
“We want to encourage Ugandans who have left quarantine to come for their passports, they are over 4000, please come for them at MIA, you need only the discharge and receiving slip to get your passport,” Siminyu urged.
Siminyu added that the Ministry continues to operate in accordance with the operating procedures and the boarders continue to be monitored using different agencies.
“Ministry of Internal Affairs continues to operate in accordance with the operating procedures which were handed to us by the President and the Ministry of Health as guidelines,” he said.