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Covid19: Security task force conducts spot checks at Entebbe airport, quarantine centres


Jul 6, 2020

The Covid-19 Inter-Agency Security Task Force led by Maj Gen. Leopold Kyanda has carried out spot checks at Entebbe International Airport, Kitoro Market and two quarantine centers to evaluate the effectiveness and welfare of the security teams deployed to receive and isolate Ugandan returnees from different countries, following a decision by the government to allow them travels home. The two quarantine areas visited include, Lands & Survey center and K Hotel. However, the media was not allowed access to some of the quarantine centres.

“Whereas our personnel may know what to do, a certain level of supervision is mandatory to ensure all is moving as planned. Important to us is to ensure force protection of our personnel. The troops must be safe,” noted Maj Gen. Kyanda.

Maj. Gen. Leopold Kyanda with Emmanuel Barungi the aviation General manager with a Covid-19 Inter-Agency Security Task Force while inspecting Entebbe airport on Monday

He added that, no matter the degree of planning for an operation, the operational environment is dynamic and hence some abrupt constraints may arise. “We in leadership positions can best learn of these challenges when we go to the field to have a feel of the real situation our troops go through,” said Maj Gen. Kyanda. The army boss also noted that the current situation is not normal, hence warranted more field inspections.

“The troops who are guarding the quarantine centers do not go home. We therefore must ensure they receive the important care that they deserve,” he said. The army boss implored the returnees to note that Uganda is still a developing country which may not be in a perfect position to provide every necessary conducive environment for their stay. “Our teams are doing their best within our capacity as a nation,” he added.

One of the quarantine centres in Entebbe

“We are aware that most of the relatives of our people returning home were worried about them. Nevertheless, we appeal to all to be patient for only two weeks before they can interact with the returnees. That is the best anyone can do for his country on this matter,” said Gen Kyanda.

One of the roles of the task force is to assess and advise the strategic leadership on the implementation of COVIOD-19 related measures.

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