COVID-19 Victim Intercepted in Mukono Municipality by Police

By Hassan Bulesa

A Covid-19 positive Fuso truck driver identified as Geoffrey Vitaka driving UBE 564D has been captured at a check point in Mukono by traffic officers along Kayunga junction in violation of the president’s directives of private vehicles carrying passengers.

It’s said that Vitaka brought goods to Kampala and tested positive for coronavirus. He is among the 13 new cases who were being tracked by the Ministry of Health.

Vitaka was stopped while coming from Kampala heading to Mbale with a passenger in his truck. The passenger’s temperature was checked and found that it was too high.

In order not to cause tension within the community of Mukono town police officers with ministry of health officials decided to escort Fuso driver up to district headquarters where he was removed and put in standby ambulances.

The truck which was parked at district parking yard, ministry of health official came and disinfected it immediately.

It’s alleged that Vitaka when was checked before proceeding to Kampala he gave in a wrong number so it was difficult to trace him until police decided to use surveillance cameras.

The Spokesperson of Ministry of Health Emmanuel Ainebyona said “We confirmed 13 new cases of truck drivers and embarked on a process of tracking them and put them into quarantine.”

The Ministry of Health reported 13 new coronavirus infections from Friday’s samples, raising cases to 114.
Out of the 13 new cases,7 are Kenyans, 4 are Ugandans while 2 are Tanzanians,
the Ministry said on Saturday morning adding that “tracking them has commenced and the public will be informed accordingly.”

The area member of parliament Betty Nambooze Bakireke has asked government to come up with clear preparations to help the towns along this high way heading to Kenya  to help their residents not to get infected  since they are now at high of these truck drivers.

Nambooze is also saying that the area gazetted by in Kyetume village, Nakisunga Sub-county in Mukono District to host these truck drivers is too congested with people’s home and rather they would opted for Namanve a free area