Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that some of the motorists were arrested while trying to sneak with passengers to other districts especially during the night hours, while others were found operating beyond 9pm.
Police in the Albertine over the weekend
arrested 20 motorists who were found flouting the COVID-19 guidelines.
were arrested from various districts in the Albertine during an operation conducted
by joint security operatives comprising of the Police, Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF and other sister security agencies. Police also impounded 85
motorcycles during the operation.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson
told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that some of the motorists were arrested
while trying to sneak with passengers to other districts especially during the night
hours while others were found operating beyond 9pm.
According to Hakiza other motorists were found
carrying two or three passengers on their motorcycles which is contrary to the guidelines issued by the President.
The suspects are being held at the various police
stations in Hoima, Kagadi, Masindi, Kakumiro, Kikuube, Buliisa, Kiryandongo and
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Uganda has maintained a nighttime curfew
running from 9 p.m. until 5: 30 a.m. every day, as one of the measures put in
place by the government to restrict movement and control the spread of
coronavirus disease. The movement of motorcycles is restricted to 6 pm.
Last month, more than 150 people in the
Albertine region were arrested for allegedly violating the nighttime curfew.
The suspects were picked up in a joint security operation involving
the army and police in Hoima, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Kagadi, Buliisa and Kikuube
The officers mounted roadblocks on all major
roads in the Albertine region.
During the operation then they impounded 130 motorcycles.
The suspects included bar owners, motorists and some people who were found
drinking (outside their homes) beyond 9 pm.