Two South Sudanese Nationals Intercepted, 89 Arrested in Coronavirus Crackdown

By Jesse Johnson James

Police in Amuru district on Monday intercepted two South Sudanese Nationals at Elegu Boarder Post for attempting to cross to South Sudan.

The arrest followed a police crackdown in the Acholi region which saw 89 people arrested for violating government directives meant to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

Uganda so far has 9 confirmed cases of the virus, according to the Ministry of Health. All the cases are of Uganda nationals who recently traveled back from the Middle East—the United States Emirate (UAE).

The intercepted South Sudanese nationals were identified as Adok Agany Agoth, 39, with passport number ROO44674 and Wol Anyu, 28, passport number ROO395163 . They were intercepted as  they attempted to cross into South Sudan from Uganda.

Police said the interception followed a tip off from locals. The South Sudanese duo are now in isolation. Also, in isolation is their Ugandan driver Ssevume Jonathan, 35– driver of a taxi registration number UAW 635R and one Bukenya Bazil, 40, a Ugandan who was also in the same car.

89 in Acholi for defying COVID -19 Guidelines

Meanwhile police in the Aswa region on Monday said a total of 89 people were arrested from districts in the Acholi region for defying COVID -19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and President Museveni.

The guidelines include a ban of religious, political and cultural gatherings, funerals, weddings, discos, concerts and monthly or weekly markets for up to 30 days.

Police said the arrests were carried out between Friday last week and Monday this week. The arrested included 63 from Gulu, 10 from Agago, 10 from Pader, 5 from Nwoya and 1 from Amuru district. Among them was Severino Lukoya, father of Alice Auma, the deceased former leader of the rebel group— Holy Spirit Movement.

26 out of the 89 arrested including Lukoya were released on police bond, police said.