At least 2124 people spent their weekend in various police cells after they were arrested for flouting curfew time. Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said joint security operations arrested people on roads driving or riding past curfew time while many others were picked from bars.
At least 2124 people spent their weekend in various police
cells after they were arrested for flouting curfew time.
Fred Enanga, said joint security operations arrested people on roads driving or
riding past curfew time while many others were picked from bars.
Military, Local Defence Units -LDUs and police mounted
roadblocks on all major access routes where 445 riders and 2088 cars were
impounded. Unlike the previous operations where only vehicles could be
impounded, security have resolved to arrest the drivers and riders but also
impound the vehicles.
Enanga said all the people who are arrested driving or
riding past curfew time as well those who were found boozing in bars will be
arraigned before courts of law by close of this week. Security has warned that
the operations will not stop thus reminding people to plan their movements early
“People have the perception that we have gone back to
normal. We see large congregations at worship centres, arcades and public
transport where drivers are carrying at 100 percent capacity. Boda-Bodas are
also not following SOPs. People have been going to bars which are still under locked
down. People are not wearing masks. If there is non-compliance, we come in as security
to enforce these SOPs,” said Enanga.
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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni acting on guidance from
ministry of health few months ago declared a 6pm and 9pm curfew for motorcyclists and drivers respectively.
Entertainment as well as leisure places like bars, discos and music concert
venues have remained closed since March 2020.
Assistant Inspector General of Police –AIGP Edward
Ochom who is also the director operations services in police force, on Friday
warned that commanders who are not enforcing COVID-19 SOPs will be arrested and
Ochom’s warning has since forced police commanders to
become more tough while enforcing COVID-19 SOPs. Enanga said security will
continue enforcing all the SOPs unless the government declares otherwise.
Museveni on Saturday warned Ugandans to respect measures
intended to prevent the spread of Covid19. The government has spotted Kampala
City, Wakiso and Mukono district as area with highest concentration of new
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.