Kampala – The government has cleared city tycoon Ben Kavuya to fly in his family members from the United States of America despite the lockdown
In a letter to Ethiopian Airlines, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kuteesa said that the family of the businessman will be allowed to fly into the country via a chartered flight on Monday, May 18, 2020.
This came after the Ministry of Health approved the request by the businessman to quarantine the three Members of his family at his Legacy Apartments in Bugolobi, a Kampala suburb.
This letter grants authorisation to three family members aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Entebbe International Airport come Monday, May 18 2020;
The family sent to touch down on Monday are Barbra Kavuya (Kavuya’s wife), Blanche Kibaju and Isaiah Tiba Byabashaija.
Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General of Health Services, in a May 14, 2020, letter said that the Ministry of Health had inspected his apartment and found it suitable for quarantining the returnees.
Dr Mwebesa added that the family will fly into the country on Monday where a car will be waiting for them and they drive themselves to Bugolobi where they will remain in isolation for 14 days. During this period, he said that the family members will be tested for coronavirus.
The US is one of the epicentres of coronavirus, with close to two million battling the disease.
in March, President Museveni announced a closure of all airports and entry points to Uganda in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda.
He also advised Ugandans who are currently abroad to stay in the respective countries until the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted or the pandemic is successfully fought by government.
As a result of Museveni’s directive for the closure of Entebbe Airport to passenger flights, several students and other Ugandans are currently stranded in China, United Arab Emirates, USA, Spain, Italy and other countries that were badly hit by COVID-19, because they cannot fly back home.
Kavuya commonly referred to as Chairman is the founder member of Legacy Group. He is responsible for overseeing the development of Rutungu Investments from a small start-up business with a few employees to a multi-million empire as it stands today.