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S. Sudan-Uganda border is operational – Official

Author: Elsheikh Chol | Published: Friday, March 20, 2020

PHOTO: Buses seen in Elegu/Nimule border post. Photo by Garang Abraham/Eye Radio. Mar 6, 2020

The South Sudan-Uganda border is operational, the chief inspector of police in Nimule has said.

Nimule Boarder point is the main corridor that South Sudan depends on in terms of imports – both food and non-food items.

Speaking to Eye Radio, the chief inspector of police in Nimule, Colonel Mbiko Baraka stated that there are normal movements of people and vehicles at the border this morning.

“The border is not close. There are normal movements of people and vehicles as of this morning. The border is not close the border is working well,” said Col. Baraka.

This week, Uganda has announced sweeping restrictions across the country as part of preventive measures against the coronavirus outbreak.

During his address to the nation on coronavirus this week, the President of Ugandan, Yoweri Museveni announced the closure of all schools.

Museveni describes some countries as category one countries in terms of the epidemic.

These countries are Italy, France, South Korea, China, USA, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Norway Austria, Malaysia, Pakistan, and San Marino.

Museveni stressed that foreigners going to those countries are free to do so provided they do not intend to come back within the prohibited time.

Uganda and South Sudan have not yet confirmed any case of coronavirus, but all their neighbors have reported cases.

Editor’s note:

A story published earlier by one of our editors misquoted Uganda for having banned the entry of all foreign nationals for 32 days. This was an error since the editor relied on the Ugandan President’s Facebook posts, which were not detailed. This is an unfortunate oversight and we apologize for the inconveniences caused. As a responsible media, we have so far taken down the post and published this story regarding activities at the South Sudan – Uganda border.

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