Govt now allows tycoon Kavuya’s daughter in-law to fly to Nairobi for treatment

The Ministry of Health has issued a no-objection to the request by Brian Kavuya, the son to businessman Ben Kavuya, to have his wife flown to Kenya for specialised medical treatment even amid the ongoing travel restrictions over Covid-19.

According to a June 11 letter by Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General of Health Services, said Brian is free to fly his spouse, Kara Tanya Komuhangi, to AgaKhan Hospital in Nairobi on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 as long as he fulfils the existing standard operating procedures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Air travel for passenger flights has been banned in and out of the country over Covid-19 but Dr Mwebesa in the letter said that when the airplane flying Ms Komuhangi reaches Entebbe airport on Tuesday, June 16, its crew must not disembark. And when she returns from Nairobi, Dr Mwebesa said she must undergo institutional 14-day quarantine.

The Director General of Health Services was responding to a request by Amb. Charles Ssentongo from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Last month, the government allowed Mr Kavuya to fly in his family members from the United States of America amid the ongoing lockdown over coronavirus.

In a letter to Ethiopian Airlines, Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kuteesa said that the family of the businessman was 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.

Thousands of Ugandans were caught abroad when travel restrictions were placed as nations across the globe locked down to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Covid-19 has so far infected 4.5 million people and killed more than 300,000.

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