KAMPALA – The government of Uganda has allowed 268 foreigners to leave the country despite the ongoing lockdown over coronavirus.
This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr Jacob Siminyu, while addressing journalists in Kampala on Monday, April 20.
Mr Siminyu revealed that on April 17, two planes; Ethiopian Airlines and Rwanda Air flew out of the country with the foreign nationals.
He further explained that Ethiopian Airlines left with 221 people who were heading to Sweden and Norway.
Rwanda Air, he said, flew to different destinations, including Japan and UK. Mr Siminyu explained that the two planes flew out with express permission from the President and in coordination with the governments of the different nationals.
In the ongoing lockdown over coronavirus, the President banned air travel as well as any other entries into the country except for cargo.
Mr Siminyu further explained that that some truck drivers are beginning to forge travel documents and that so far, they have arrested many of them at border points.
Truck drivers are increasingly becoming the major carriers of coronavirus, with three of them so far testing positive.