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85 Bikes Impounded, 20 Motorists Arrested for Flouting COVID-19 Guidelines in Bunyoro

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.
Some of the impounded motorcycles at Hoima CPS. Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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Police in the Albertine over the weekend arrested 20 motorists who were found flouting the COVID-19 guidelines.

The suspects 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 Kibaale. 

 

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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 districts.    

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. 

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