KAMPALA – Security agencies have blocked nine Tanzanian businessmen from entering Uganda through Mwanza port.
The group, which had come to the country using MV Upendo, were escorted back by security agencies.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Monday said the move was in line with implementation of Pesident Museveni’s directive to close all Uganda’s border points in the wake of coronavirus.
“We have a country that is actually very secure. Our joint security organs are ensuring no person enters Uganda; including all pedestrians, cyclists or motorists,” he said.
“We were having an influx of residents from Tanzania and Kenya that were trying to brave the waters of Migingo Island but our enforcement team were able to drive them back to where they were coming from,” Mr Enanga added.
He said a joint security team is now focusing on implementing the ban on travel to and from Uganda and ensuring no persons enter Uganda by land or water, with the exceptoion of drivers of cargo cars and accompanying crew, not exceeding three people.
He said security at all Uganda’s border points was reinforced with additional deployment to ensure strict adherence to the border lock down to forestall the spread of coronavirus.