The 28 year old Kenyan truck driver defied the Health Ministry’s travel guidelines and opted to attend to his sexual duties before completing his journey. Reports say he smartly disappeared from the authorities’ radar and derailed from the known route for more than 24 hours. The said truck driver successfully made a stop over in Rubirizi town to link up with one of his women. He did not heed to the said directive of making stop overs at designated places. Vigilante locals rounded him in a local lodge where he spent several hours with his woman. The angry mob nearly lynched him but police was notified and responded rapidly.
Earlier this week, the trade minister, Amelia Kyambadde had boasted of how they were using GPS technology to monitor the routes of the truck drivers. “With the help of the Uganda Revenue Authority, we are attaching tracking devices to these trucks so we can monitor these drivers. We believe this is the only way to prevent mixing with locals,” Amelia told the media. In Museveni’s twelfth address to the public, when asked about the issue of truck drivers importing the virus, he blamed Ugandans for being ‘careless idiots’ who go around mixing with strangers.
Whereas Uganda has been commended for her good response towards containing the rapid spread of the novel Corona virus disease, the worrying trend of imported cases among truck drivers has triggered apprehension within the population. Even in the 1970’s when HIV/AIDs was new to Uganda, it is on record that several of the cases were imported by Tanzanian truck drivers and to date Rakai remains the only district with the most HIV patients. As of Thursday 23 April, the Health Ministry issued a statement confirming eleven more covid cases soaring the scale to 74. All the are truck drivers where six are Tanzanian nationals who arrived via Malaba and the other five are Kenyans who used the Busia point.