Without divulging details, the State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Joyce Moriku Kaducu, has told New Vision, that two other Ugandans; a driver and his wife, have also been arrested.
She said that upon getting information from security led by Zombo Resident District Commissioner, Andrew Kajoyingi, they teamed up and roughed up all the six Chinese and the two Ugandans.
The six Chinese and two Ugandans had decided to sneak out of the country via Zombo district to Congo.
“We have instructions from the president to have all these suspects taken to Courts of law. As I speak, the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, has been notified about the matter and arrangements have been made already to have them presented to Nakawa Court, tomorrow on Monday,” said the Minister.
It should be recalled that on Thursday, March, 19th, 2020, in a circular to his deputy, all Justices, Magistrates and Judiciary staff, the Chief Justice called for the closure of all Court proceedings for 32 days from March, 20th, 2020, due to Corona Virus fears.
In addition, the Health Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ayinebyona, has told New Vision, that the six Chinese arrived at Entebbe Airport aboard Ethiopian airline, on March, 10th, 2020.
“We subjected all of them to 14 days self-quarantine at Kibuli based Africana hotel, but they had decided to defy our orders and decided to runaway under unclear circumstances,” he said.
He added that the Ministry has collaborated with detectives at the Criminal Investigations Directorate at Kibuli, where statements of the suspects have been recorded pending to face Court tomorrow, Monday.
“We want to appeal to the members of the public to avoid the stigma against these people and also take Coronavirus pandemic seriously by following the guidelines promptly,” he added.
By press time, the ministry was planning to relocate the six Chinese to another hotel in Entebbe.