The Chief of Staff of the UPDF land forces Major General Leopold Kyanda has commended the work that is being done by Kisoro district leaders, security, Immigration and Uganda Revenue Authority in the fight against Covid19 on the two borders points of Cyanika and Bunagana.
General Kyanda said he was happy overall with the work done, but also shared his own ideas which he said could improve the services at the border.
First, he noted that the practice of road users, mostly truckers exchanging documents with officials could be hazardous given how quickly Covid19 latches onto surfaces.
“All the competence is here; if you look at the Immigration, Customs as well the security; what they are doing is good. There are only a few issues that need to be fixed such as the handling of documents,” he said.
General Kyanda, who is the head of the National Inter Security Agency Taskforce on Covid19 was on Friday touring the border district to assess how the implementation of the measures regarding Covid19 prevention are being enforced.
Addressing Gen Kyanda on the progress, Brig. Francis Tukahirwa the 2nd Division Commander said security in the area was dealing with a challenge of some political leaders refusing to work with the district task force which is headed by the RDCs.
Brig. Tukahirwa also called an investigation into refugees, who he says have suspiciously stopped coming into the country, despite continued unrest in the region.
Tukahirwa believes the Covid19 crisis has exposed people who might have been profiting from the influx of refugees coming into the country.
“One might be tempted to say this is an area of gain; the more you have refugees coming in maybe the more you get funded. I have not been seeing refugees; I don’t see them yet the hostilities have not ceased. This has to be investigated “. Brigadier Tukahirwa said.