Kenya-Uganda border shut as Museveni plans to stop coronavirus

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 23 Mar, 2020 10:20 | < 1 min read
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni. [PHOTO | COURTESY]
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

The government has closed the Kenya-Uganda common border in Busia to help tame the spread of coronavirus, Busia County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri has said.

The administrator said buses that ferry passengers from Kenya to Uganda and vice versa have been directed to cancel bookings and refund fares.

Transit trucks are, however, exempt from the directive, but with only the driver and his conductor aboard.

Meanwhile, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced the new tough measures, including the closure of Entebbe International Airport to all commercial flights after the country confirmed its first case on Saturday.

Museveni said in the absence of an East African Community risk plan, no person, Ugandan national or otherwise will be allowed into Uganda starting yesterday.

On Sunday, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority blocked 10 South Korean nationals from entering the country.