Joint Security Task Force on COVID-19 warns of Laxity at Porous Borders

Posted: 2020-04-07T10:28:38Z Read: 983 times
Joint Security Task Force on COVID-19 warns of Laxity at Porous Borders

The security Joint Task Force has tasked all health workers to carry identification cards when moving to and from work.


The call was made by Brig. Richard Karemire, the UPDF spokesperson who said that these fall in the essential work groups, but needed to be identified so as not to be arrested by security enforcing Presidential directives on the lock down caused by COVID-19.


Brig. Karemire was speaking at a joint press conference also addressed by Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga and his prisons counterpart Frank Baine at Uganda media center on Tuesday morning.


Karemire urged health workers working on COVID-19 to stay at the health centers for 14 days as advised by the president, to avoid carrying the virus home.
He noted that some Ugandans are still taking advantage of porous borders to aid foreigners entering the country. 


On Monday, Police in Busia district arrested a crime preventer for allegedly smuggling people through porous routes into Uganda.   


The suspect Fred Mangoli, a resident of Mugungu village in Eastern Division, Busia Municipality who is alleged to have aided people to enter into the country from Kenya. The suspect has been charging between 5,000 to 10,000 shillings from everyone who wanted to cross to the country. 


ri. Karemire says such reports have been received from areas of Bundibugyo, Eastern Uganda, and areas near the South Sudan borders. He notes that these movements must stop and that the security forces are expanding their deployments to seal the borders completely. 


“We should not create for ourselves conditions for the security interventions. Stop moving on boda bodas, observe curfew time religiously, stop unnecessary movements and observe social distance, do not pelt stones at forces on duty” Karemire warned.


Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says they have increased on the number of check points to interrogate every driver on the road.