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Zimbabwe to Charge Travellers for COVID-19 Tests1 minute read

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Zimbabwe on Tuesday announced that travellers showing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at ports of entry would be tested and made to pay for the service.

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, at a post-cabinet media briefing on Tuesday, said the measure will allow the government to restock laboratory commodities.

While domestic flights resumed in the middle of September, Zimbabwe will resume international flights on Thursday this week after a six-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government has announced that all travellers to Zimbabwe will be required to have PCR COVID-19 clearance certificates issued by a recognised facility within 48 hours from the date of departure in line with WHO guidelines, among other health and safety regulations.

As a measure to guarantee the safety of travellers, Cabinet further resolved that in line with Statutory Instrument (216) (5) Section 8, travellers showing COVID-19 symptoms, whether or not they have a COVID-19 free certificate are to be tested.

A nominal fee of US$60 will levied on travellers tested at ports of entry and the proceeds will be used to restock laboratory commodities,’’ Mutsvangwa said.

She said metered taxi operators have been allowed to resume services for the movement of tourists and citizens who are unable to use public transport.

The minister said security personnel will now be fully enforcing critical COVID-19 containment measures such as physical distancing and proper wearing of masks after the government has relaxed lockdown restrictions.

The country has recorded 7,816 COVID-19 cases, 6,112 recoveries and 228 deaths as on Monday.

You will recall that the Zimbabwean government had on September 28 2020 reopened schools after a six-month closure, but most students went back to school only to find unattended classrooms, following a strike of teachers over pay terms and lack of anti-COVID measures.

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Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport

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The government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) has finalised plans to establish the first public free zone at Entebbe International Airport. The free zone is projected to boost export-oriented investment in the country.

The project will be implemented by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) on a five acre piece of land acquired from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) at the Entebbe International Airport premises.

Under the arrangement, the project targets sectors which include food processing, mineral processing, warehousing, storage and simple assembly, where all operators in the public free zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.

The development of the Public Free Zone projected to cost UGX 48billion will, on completion house seven production units and trade houses such as offices of the Uganda Free Zones Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, and other government offices to promote enterprise. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has already awarded UGX 12.5 Billion for the first phase of the project.

Speaking at the site handover event, Hez Kimoomi Alinda, the Uganda Free Zones Authority Executive Director, said the project is expected to contribute cargo volumes, create hundreds of direct jobs and significantly improve Uganda’s exports.

“On completion, the project will support increased production quality assurance and value addition to commodities that are widely produced by the masses to improve household incomes, create employment and eliminate poverty as well as improve the value of Uganda’s exports,” he said.

Alinda was speaking while handing over the site for the construction of the Entebbe International Airport Free Zone at which he said they had acquired five acres from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for the development and contracted National Enterprise Corporation, the commercial arm of the UPDF for the construction.

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In an interview with NC’s Tolu Adeleru-Balogun, Politician and Gender activist Ndi Kato speaks on the demonstrations in Nigeria against police brutality.

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