Kabale security commanded by the District Police Commander Brian Ampeire on Thursday afternoon impounded a bus that was transporting 23 Congolese nationals despite a recently imposed travel ban and border closure.
The Congolese nationals were travelling along with 24 Ugandans.
All are said to be casual labourers that have been working in Kampala.
They were intercepted in Kabale town in the bus belonging to Horizon Bus Company, registration number UAM 896 which was heading toward Kisoro Town.
On Wednesday evening, President Yoweri Museveni issued a ban on all public transport for 14 days with immediate effect, as one of the preventive measures to control the spread of the pandemic in the country.
Uganda has so far registered 14 cases of Covid19.
According to the president’s directives, private cars shall be allowed to move on the road but cannot carry more than three people including the driver.
Trucks on the other hand can only transport goods and not passengers.
Elly Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson speaking to our reporter said those arrested won’t be released until police has consulted the National Task force against COVID-19 for guidance.
The bus was being driven by Kiiza Pascal, a resident of Central cell in Kabale municipality
Bahati Emmanuel, a Congolese national speaking to our reporter at police said he had been a vendor in Kampala, and that he felt it was necessary to go to his country amid the pandemic fears.
“I come from Busanza, Bugarama in DRC and I wanted to be home as this virus is threatening. I felt Kampala would be hard to live in these times” he said.
“But if they closed borders, that’s ok. We shall accept and you hold us here”
More than 487,000 people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. About 117,000 have recovered, while more than 22,000 people have died.