Vehicles Impounded in Arua, Luweero For Defying Presidential Directves

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.
DPC Arua Dennis Ochama speaking to URN at Arua Police Grounds where the impounded vehicles are parked to stay for fourteen days.

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 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 drivers. 

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 Police Station.