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28 Apr 2020 | 12:51 PM UTC

Uganda: Truck drivers protest reported at border with Kenya April 28

Uganda News Alert

Truck drivers protest COVID-19 restrictions along the Kenya-Uganda border on April 28; heightened security presence expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/28/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kampala). COUNTRY/REGION Uganda

Event

On Tuesday, April 28, media reports indicate that Kenyan truck drivers and other transportation company staff are protesting along Kenya's border with Uganda amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The protests have arisen following the Ugandan government's proposal to stop Kenyan drivers from entering the country after several foreign drivers tested positive for COVID-19. Tensions were already high along the border after the Ugandan government imposed compulsory COVID-19 tests prior to entry, causing significant congestion at border checkpoints, with queues of up to 30 km (19 mi) reported on Sunday, April 26.

A heightened security presence is to be expected along the Kenya-Uganda border in the near term. Further protests are possible in the coming days.

Advice

Individuals in Uganda are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, anticipate a heightened security presence along the border, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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