It has been has been less than a month ever since the first batch of returnees arrived at Entebbe airport and more have kept on coming.
When the president allowed these Ugandans to fly back home, he added on that they’ll be paying for their own flight tickets and also for the 14-days quarantine at a place that’s affordable to them.
However, some returnees took to social media to complain about how government has forced them into expensive designated quarantine hotels. They claim that government teams at the airport forced them into expensive hotels for quarantine despite their choice of cheaper facilities.
“Trouble is, the government team that met us at the airport gave us only two choices: Hilton Hotel in Kampala ($135, about Shs500,000 a night) and St Stephen’s Suites in Entebbe ($50, about Shs186,000 a night), both excluding meals,” Mr Caesar Lubanga Kene posted a narration by Lino Owor Ogora on Facebook yesterday.
Although these claims have been put up, the director general of health services at the Ministry of Health Dr Henry Mwebesa quashed this saying that people with their own intentions are trying to blindfold the population to destroy the reputation of the ministry.
“That is not true because we gave them a list of hotels and they chose from those hotels and those chosen have to meet the standards. We compile the list of the hotels, some of them are as cheap as Shs100,000. There is breakfast, lunch supper and accommodation…, those who cannot afford we take them to our government classes,” he added on.
DR Mugahi asked the public to desist from negative propaganda as government sacrificed a lot to make sure returnees are comfortable.