KAMPALA, UGANDA: Government through the ministry of works and transport is in the final stages of launching an application that will be used by traffic police on checkpoints to verify vaccinated passengers in the taxis.
The State Minister for Works and transport Fred Byamukama says the application will enable police and drivers to find out whether passengers are vaccinated by verifying their Vaccination card numbers.
“The ministry of works together with the ministry of ICT through NITAU (National Information Technology Authority of Uganda) is planning to launch an application to verify vaccinated passengers because we are expecting accuses from passengers that they lost their cards, and every card has its own verification code where owners are urged to cram these numbers so that you will give them to the traffic police for verification at checkpoints”. Byamukama said.
He also rallied the passengers to travel with their vaccination cards before the launch of the application.
“Before the launching of the application which we expect to be out this week, today and other remaining days, move with your Vaccination card even if you were not given this card, they should give you a letter well stamped by the health facility authorities where you were vaccinated from for verification”. The minister added.
In a related development, police is also waiting for guidelines from the ministry of health to effectively arrest passengers that are not respecting the Covid 19 guidelines as directed by the President.
Last week, President Museveni opened the transport sector fully but asked the operators to observe the necessary SOPs such as the wearing of masks, full vaccination by both the crew of PSV and the travellers.
According to the traffic police spokesperson, Faridah Nampima, the police will only start arresting passengers who fail to maintain SOPs after the ministry of health has issued guidelines on the same.