Police in Arua district has impounded over 60 private vehicles for
defying the presidential directive on the movement of private cars in a
bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19.
The operation which started at 7:00 am on Tuesday caught many
private vehicle owners unaware as some of them did not listen to the
President's address. Some of the private cars and a few Lorries
were also found carrying more than four people.
Dennis Ochama the District Police Commander Arua said police will return the cars to the owners after the fourteen
days have elapsed.
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The operation left many car owners
stranded, with many seen in the afternoon flocking the office of the Resident District Commissioner pleading to have their cars returned.
The police also impounded over forty motorcycles for carrying passengers.
The operation has left Arua town deserted with
few people walking through the streets while several shops remained closed.
In Luweero police impounded over 50 cars and briefly detained the
Police officers led by the Luweero District Police Commander
Abraham Tukundane mounted several roadblocks along Kampala-Gulu highway where
they impounded the cars for breach of the guidelines.
Isah Semwogerere the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson explains the
vehicles were impounded on the way to Kampala city whereas others onto other
districts along Kampala-Gulu highway.
Semwogerere says the drivers were briefly detained at Luweero Central Police
and later released on Police bond but vehicles retained.
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But the drivers say the impounding of their cars was unfair since the ban was
issued at night when they were on transit.
Rashid Musisi a driver who was on the way to Kampala city said he was on a family
visit to Luweero by the time the ban was issued. He says that in the morning he
wanted to rush back home to adhere to ban before the car was impounded.
Samuel Kasasa another driver said that he had an emergency in Luweero town but
the Policemen declined to listen to his explanation and impounded the car.
By evening drivers were still at Luweero Police Station pleading with officers
to release them in vain.
However, there was still laxity in Luweero town on enforcing the ban
on motorists as many were seen plying on the roads despite the ban.
In Nakaseke, six private cars and 17 motorcycles were also impounded after some
were found transporting passengers.
Police also arrested four people for defying presidential directive to close
the bars to stop the spread of the virus.
In Nakasongola, the Police impounded 23 motorcycles for defying the
Presidential directive not to ride them. These have been towed to Nakasongola