Ugandan police have arrested two people including a Kenyan national for allegedly selling fake COVID-19 certificates to cross-border cargo truck drivers at the common border neighboring Kenya.
Fred Enanga, police spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone on Tuesday that the suspects, a Ugandan and a Kenyan were nabbed at the border town of Malaba with forged COVID-19 medical certificates printed in Kenya to easily allow truck drivers enter into the country.
He said the suspects, who operate between Kenya and Uganda Malaba port health facilities, were selling the fake COVID-19 certificates to the truck drivers at around 3,000 Kenyan shillings (about 30 U.S. dollars). “They are detained at Malaba and will be charged accordingly.
We have arrested them following a tip-off from the Ministry of Health,” said Enanga. “We are working with our counterparts in Kenya to ensure the ICT (information and communications technology) specialist who printed the forged certificates and his racket are arrested,” he said.
All cross-border truck drivers entering Uganda are required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing, with only those who test negative allowed into the east African country and those who test positive for the virus are handed over to their respective countries of origin, according to the ministry of health.
Meanwhile, Uganda’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed 19 new cases of COVID-19, 11 of them Ugandans who were repatriated from Afghanistan last week, bringing the total number of infections to 889.
“Eleven of the confirmed cases are passengers who have just returned from Afghanistan. All were under quarantine at the time of test,” said the statement. On June 23, Uganda began the repatriation exercise of over 2,300 citizens who have been stranded abroad amid COVID-19.
Out of the 889 COVID-19 cases, 809 have recovered from the virus and no death has been recorded since the index case was reported on March 21, according to the Ministry of Health.