Thirty six of the 44
suspects who were evacuated from Masindi Central Police cells following a confirmed Coronavirus case have been released on police bond, a day after
they were discharged from quarantine.
On May 1, the suspects were quarantined at Masindi Public Primary School after
a detective at Masindi Central Police Station tested positive for COVID-19. However, samples from 36
of them returned negative following the completion of their mandatory
quarantine period of 14 days.
Following the release of the suspects from quarantine on Monday,
police decided to release them on bond to decongest the cells. Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, told Uganda Radio
Network that those released on police bond are suspects with minor offences.
Hakiza says they acted on the recent directives by the Police leadership ordering district, division and station commanders to release all suspects with
minor offences. Hakiza however, says eight suspects with capital offences have been retained and will
appear in court.
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Meanwhile, 104 Police
officers attached to Masindi Central Police Station, who were also placed under
quarantine, are set to resume work on Wednesday.
Deo Obura, the Albertine Region Police Commander-RPC, says those who had replaced them will be sent back to their respective duty