Uganda has protested the killing of two of its citizens by Rwandan soldiers near their common border. The two were suspected to be smugglers.
Uganda describes the incident in a letter delivered to Rwanda’s high commissioner in Kampala, as murder and also mentions a Rwandan who was shot and injured on Ugandan soil.
It says the alleged crime of smuggling cannot justify what it called high-handed and criminal acts by Rwandan security personnel.
Relations between the two countries have deteriorated in recent months with both countries accusing each other of interfering in each others’ internal affairs.
The standoff has resulted in Rwanda closing some of its border points, stalling trade between the two countries.
Namibia Receives More COVID-19 Medicals Supplies From China
Namibia has on Thursday received a batch of COVID-19 supplies worth 300,000 U.S. dollars donated by the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the occasion of China’s 71st anniversary.
Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah speaking at the handover event held in Windhoek conveyed warm congratulations to China as it celebrates its anniversary, stating that the donation comes at an opportune time as the two countries continue to strengthen diplomatic ties.
The donation included 30,000 N95 masks, 10 oxygenators, 20 ventilators, and 100 thermometers, making this the fourth batch of COVID-19 supply donations from the Chinese government so far.
The Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming said the friendly protocol arrangement demonstrates the friendly relationship and common determination to jointly fight the COVID-19 between China and Namibia.
Meanwhile, Namibia’s executive director of the Ministry of Health, Ben Nangombe, said the items Namibia received from China have gone a long way in assisting the country’s health sector, be it through donated clinical materials or through telemedicine conferences.
Sierra Leone’s Former President Ordered To Appear Before Anti-Graft Commission
Sierra Leone’s former president Ernest Bai Koroma must appear before an anti-graft commission Monday to answer questions about alleged corruption during his 2007-2018 tenure.
Koroma has previously denied any wrongdoing, calling the move a witch hunt, he said the allegations of corruption involving mining, construction and procurement contracts are “without merit and are a politically motivated charade calculated to impugn my hard-earned reputation”.
As consequence, Ugandan government has imposed a travel ban on Koroma and more than 100 other officials, including Koroma’s former vice president, Victor Bockarie Foh.
A judicial probe had accused them of unlawfully enriching themselves during his just over a decade tenure.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the All People’s Congress party, which Koroma still leads, is planning to appeal the action against him.
Koroma in a statement has said he had served the country “diligently, fairly and with honour and integrity” saying that he was known for his fight against corruption.
Coronavirus: Uganda Reopens Borders For Passengers
Uganda has called for strict compliance with COVID-19 travel protocols as it reopened its international borders for the first time since March.
The country had earlier closed its borders to passenger travel as a control measure to fight the coronavirus pandemic which has now infected more than 8,000 and killed 75 in the country.
On Thursday morning, the national carrier, Uganda Airlines ran its regional flights to Nairobi, Kenya, and Mogadishu, Somalia, as scheduled.
Other international airlines have also been landing and taking off.
To avoid self-isolation, travellers coming into Uganda will be required to present a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of their departure.
But if someone arrives without a test certificate, a sample will be taken and they will be made to quarantine at their own cost as they await results.
Authorities at the airport are encouraging passengers to use self-service booths where available to minimize contact and also advised out-bound travellers to be at the airport at least four hours before scheduled departure.
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