Entebbe, Uganda – Aviation Police at Entebbe International airport has arrested 24 passengers who were about to board a plane with allegedly fake Covid-19 certificates on Sunday evening.
Patrick Onyango, the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, said the 24 who include both Uganda and foreign nationals have been giving a bad image to the country and that they will be charged in courts on Monday.
“This has been giving a bad image to the government of Uganda. We are going to charge these ones with forgery and uttering forged documents,” said Onyango. He appealed to every traveler intending to leave the country, to get a Covid-19 certificate through designated right channels.
A week ago, authorities at the airport said more than 50 passengers had so far missed their flights for showing up with invalid Covid-19 negative test certificates.
Africa Tembelea has also learnt that diplomats and senior government officials are some of the travelers that occasionally refused to present COVID-19 certificates, even when they are aware of the new guidelines that came into effect October 1st, 2020 when the government reopened Entebbe International Airport for commercial flights after the six-month lockdown.
According to the new standard operating procedures (SoPs), all travelers going through Entebbe airport are required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate issued within 120 hours before their departure time while incoming passengers must have a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours before their flight.
The Sunday arrests happened hours after the Ministry of Health said they had registered 135 new Covid-19 infections bringing Uganda’s cumulative virus load rose to 10,590.
Of the 522,286 samples tested since March this year when the virus outbreak was confirmed in the country, atleast 6,992 people who previously tested positive for the virus have recovered after treatment and have since been discharged from hospitals across the country, while the fatalities have risen to 97 after one more death was registered.