Tue. Jul 27th, 2021

COVID-19: Ugandans stranded in Rwanda start returning home

Ugandans who were stranded in Rwanda flagged off at Uganda High Commission premises in Kigali today (PHOTO/Courtesy)

By George Kalisa

The Uganda High Commission in Kigali has today flagged off the first 100 Ugandans who were stranded in Rwanda due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic that halted movement of people since mid-March when the virus was confirmed in the region.

Ugandans’ repatriation followed the permission from the Ugandan government and clearance from the host country.

“The Ugandan government has granted permission to Ugandans stranded in Rwanda due to COVID-19 pandemic to travel back home by bus through the Katuna border,” said a statement dated September10, 2020, issued by the Uganda High Commission in Kigali.

“Departure will be on first-pay-first-go with 100 people every after 3 days,” added the statement.

Each Ugandan paid Rwf37, 000 as fare for the travel, and each bus will carry only 25 occupants as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   

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