Breaking

52 Arrested in Crackdown against Operating Bars in Kabale

The operation under the command of Kigezi Region Field Force Unit-FFU Commander Henry Kisembo was conducted today in the suburbs of Bugongi and Mundeeba in Northern Division, Bicycle garage street and Kigongi streets in Central Division, Mwanjari cemetery business centre in Southern Division, Kabale Municipality and Kyobugombe trading centre in Kaharo sub-county.
Police exchanging words with some of the suspects who were found in a bar

Audio 2

52 people have been arrested during an operation by the anti-riot police against bars operating in Kabale district, contrary to presidential directives on the prevention of COVID-19.

The operation under the command of Kigezi Region Field Force Unit-FFU Commander Henry Kisembo was conducted today in the suburbs of Bugongi and Mundeeba in Northern Division, Bicycle garage street and Kigongi streets in Central Division, Mwanjari cemetery business centre in Southern Division, Kabale Municipality and Kyobugombe trading centre in Kaharo sub-county.

The arrested were found in bars during daytime drinking and dancing without face masks.  The arrest follows concerns raised by the district health department about the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and the laxity of security to enforce the preventive guidelines.

During a meeting held at District Council hall earlier, Alfred Besigensi, the acting Kabale District Health Officer revealed that the district now has a total of 162 COVID-19 cases. Besigensi said that they realized that continued operation of bars contributed to an increase of the disease.

Kabale Resident District Commissioner-RDC Godfrey Nyakahuma told our reporter that all the arrested persons are being held at Kabale Central Police Station pending trial before the courts of law. Nyakahuma says that despite repeated appeals to implement preventive measures so that the disease is reduced, members of the public in Kabale have continued to defy, and many of them are freely congregating in bars and busy centres.

Nyakahuma adds that the operations to make sure that bars don’t operate again will continue.

//Cue in; “given the threat…

Cue out…to court.”//

Rutooro //Cue in; “harimu ama baara…

Cue out…mu nkora.”//

Some of the bar owners and their customers were seen crying and pleading for forgiveness and several others were seen opposing the arrest arguing that they are selling food.