The suspects who include nine women and 22 men were picked from Corner pub in Central division, Kitgum Municipality on Thursday night.
Police in Kitgum district have arrested 31 people who were found partying and drinking alcohol in a pub.
suspects who include nine women and 22 men were picked from Corner Pub
in Central division, Kitgum Municipality on Thursday night.
Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech says the arrest
followed an operation conducted by security personnel after a
He said three government motorcycles were also recovered
packed at the pub's entrance. Komakech notes that the suspects violated
the presidential directives on social gathering in a bid to curb the
spread of COVID-19.
According to Komakech, the suspects will be
tasked to pay a fine of Shillings 200,000 each for breaking the
guidelines. He adds that they are considering revoking the trading
licence of the pub owner for breaking the directive requiring bars and
pubs to remain closed.
"This time around they must pay a fine of
Shillings 200,000 each. The licence of the bar owner will be revoked and
his operation ceased," Komakech told members of COVID-19 taskforce
during a weekly meeting on Friday.
The suspects are currently in detention at Kitgum Central Police station.
the meeting, Komakech observed that enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines
by the police had become challenging because the patrol pick-up had
His request however to the district Chief
Administrative officer, Martin Jacan Gwokto to support the the police
with a vehicle didn't yield fruits. The police patrol pick-up broke down
two weeks ago.
The arrest of the suspects however comes amidst a sharp rise in cases of COVID-19 in Kitgum Municipality.
Acting Kitgum District Health Officer, Dr. Henry Okello Otto noted that
they have so far registered 20 cases of COVID-19 in just one week, a
trend he described as worrying.
Kitgum district has so far registered eight COVID-19 deaths with cumulative positive cases hitting 458 since March last year.
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