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200 Arrested as IGP Orders Arrest and Seizure of Bar Equipment

Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson said that the Inspector general of police instructed the director of operations AIGP Edward Ochom to change tactics and start arresting and seizing all properties and gadgets in such bars that continue defying the COVID-19 guidelines in place.
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More than 200 people spent the weekend in custody for allegedly flouting curfew and Covid-19 guidelines following the new directive by the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola to police commanders to intensify operations.

The suspects were arrested over the weekend in police operations that were conducted in various areas where several revelers were netted engaged in partying and drinking in bars despite government restrictions on bars and other entertainment places in an effort to reduce the further spread of Covid-19. 

The operations spearheaded by division police commanders-DPCs targeted bars such as Due and Jag bar, X-Herb in Najeera, Fame Lounge, Cayeen in Bukoto, and Bars at Forest Mall Lugogo Big Zone, among others all in Kampala Metropolitan areas. 

Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson  ASP Luke Owoyesigyire said over 100 revelers and bar proprietors were picked up in Najeera, Kira and Bweyogerere bars, while other suspects were picked up in Makindye, Natete and Bukoto in Saturday and Sunday operations. 

He also said that all area District Police Commanders have been warned against the reported habit of police aiding the operation of bars on being paid in return. 

  

“Even warning has been given to all DPC’s against that tendency, after getting intelligence that our officers are aiding some night bars to remain in operation," Owoyesigyire noted. "We have set-up monitoring teams within Kampala Metropolitan and at Police headquarters and whichever DPC will be found behind such practices will face the law.” 

 

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Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson said that the Inspector general of police instructed the director of operations AIGP Edward Ochom to change tactics and start arresting and seizing all properties and gadgets in such bars that continue defying the COVID-19 guidelines in place.

“Once we get a bar open, all the gadgets, like music systems, refrigerators, drinks, even if it is cash in safe, all should be taken as exhibits, so that we cripple such businesses that are still operating," Enanga added.  "We also want to warn the revelers that once you’re arrested the consequences are going to be high."

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Owoyesigyire said all suspects arrested are detained at various police stations as they wait to be released on bond or appear in court on the charge of engaging activities likely to spread an infectious disease. 

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