Five top Ugandan lawmakers, who recently traveled via Dubai, the new epicenter of the Coronavirus crisis, have defied a presidential directive to report to the Ministry of Health for quarantine and medical checkup.
The MPs’ refusal will not only undermine government efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus which has so far killed 19,620 people across the world but also endanger the lives of millions of Uganda.
The defiant lawmakers are Ssekitoleko Kafeero of Nakifuma County (Mukono), Sarah Chemusto and Kapchorwa Constituency representative, Kenneth Soyekwo who landed at Entebbe International Airport on March 16.
UPDF MP, Major General Phinehas Katirima who flew in from Ethiopia on March 17 and Bukonjo County West MP, Hon Artkins Katusabe who came in from Dubai have also turned a deaf ear to the pleas to seek medical attention.
Health Minister, Dr Jane Aceng, while announcing eight more cases on Monday at midnight, warned that whoever travelled through Dubai should immediately contact the ministry.
“I am calling everyone who travelled from or passed through Dubai within the last two weeks to report to us,” said Aceng.
Out of the 8 new cases registered on Monday, 6 passed through Dubai, and without any fear of tampering with the diplomatic relationship between Kampala and United Arab Emirates, Aceng noted that the Emirates have not been honest on the prevalence of COVID-19 in their country.
The latest development comes after calls by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to affected lawmakers to report to the Health ministry.
Video: Ministry of Health surveillance team at MP Ssekitoleko Kafeero’s home. The MP, who was recently in Dubai, had refused to turn up for medical checkup and quarantine over #Coronavirus | ChimpReports
Uganda on Wednesday confirmed 5 more cases of Covid19 (Corona-virus), bringing the total number in the country to 15.
ChimpReports understands that Health officials and security personnel have started moving to the residences of the affected lawmakers to subject them to mandatory tests.
MP Ssekitoleko today confirmed that Health Ministry officials today visited his home.
“Whereas on the 16th March 2020 I returned from Dubai and was checked in the VIP area of Entebbe airport and found 36.3 Degrees Celsius and moved straight to self-quarantine, for avoidance of doubt today Wednesday 25th March 2020 at 2:00pm a medical team sent by the Minister of Health have assessed and tested my family and I on COVID 19,” said Ssekitoleko.
“I am happy to inform you that all of us have been found healthy and free from the Corona Virus. A certificate of Discharge will be issued to me at the expiry of the mandatory 14 days,” he added.