6 Chinese nationals convicted for escaping from quarantine in Uganda

6 Chinese nationals convicted for escaping from quarantine in Uganda

Six Chinese nationals have been convicted by a Ugandan court after escaping from a hotel where they had been placed in quarantine over the new coronavirus.

Huang Haiguiang, Li Chaochyan, Lin Xiaofang, Qin Shening, Liang Xinging and Huang W pleaded guilty before Nakawa Court Chief Magistrate, Ruth Nabaasa on Tuesday.

They all pleaded guilty of disobeying lawful orders in a manner likely to spread an infectious disease.

The court ruled to have the six remanded until May 4 when they will be sentenced and at a time when the court will have found a suitable Chinese interpretater.

There was drama in court during the court proceedings when the present interpreter Michael Zhong stopped mid-way, saying he was yet to be paid for his services.

Two Ugandans who are alleged to have helped the Chinise nationals escape before their 14-day quarantine lapsed were also arraigned at the same court.

The court heard that Abdu Matovu, 35, their driver and his wife Swabu Nansuna ,27, helped the six flee the Kibuli Hotel Africa where they had been placed under quarantine.

The six were later arrested in Zombo district and forced to complete the requisite quarantine.

The couple who helped them will also be sentenced on May 4.

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