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UPDF Deploys Soldiers along Uganda-Rwanda Border over COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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By Henry Manzi

In Kabale

Uganda has deployed Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers along the Uganda- Rwanda border as preventive measure against the wild spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Chimp Corps report.

The soldiers were deployed after the influx of Rwandans entering Uganda through porous border points increased recently.

The Rwandans were allegedly escaping to Uganda after their country confirming cases of the deadly COVID-19. Rwanda has confirmed 40 cases of the corona virus.

Darius Nandinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner (RDC) revealed the matter on Wednesday afternoon while addressing the Kabale task force team, that was structured to oversee preventive measure against the possible spread of the corona virus in the country.

Nandinda said soldiers had been deployed, replacing police officer that had been deployed there before since the outbreak of the corona virus.

According to Nandinda, local council Chairpersons whose villages neighbor Rwanda frequently reported of the influx of Rwandans to Uganda after their country confirmed the pandemic.

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“Rwandans had been entering Uganda through Kafunjo and Butanda but UPDF has been deployed there” Nandinda was quoted.

He further reveled that as a preventive measure, Uganda will not allow anymore Rwandans to cross to Uganda, to avoid the possible spread of the coronavirus.

“Rwandans living here will stay here and use our services, and Ugandans in Rwanda will remain there until the pandemic is beaten down. No more movements,” said Nandinda.

Rwanda closed her borders with Uganda over a year, accusing Kampala of harboring her enemies.

Kigali later barred her citizens against crossing into Uganda and deployed soldiers along the borders to encounter those who dared to cross.

Many were arrested and others shot dead.

Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale District Chairperson, said in line with presidential orders; they have deployed the army to stop the influx of Rwandans into Uganda.

More than 18,000 people globally have died from COVID-19, while more than 420,000 infections have been confirmed in at least 170 countries and territories. Nearly 109,000 people have recovered from the corona virus.

Uganda has so far confirmed 14 cases.


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