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COVID-19: Security Officials Want Fresh Lockdown in Kigezi Region

Brigadier General Francis Takirwa, UPDF Second Division Commander says that he recently conducted a survey in Kigezi above 10:00PM and was shocked to find people in bars drinking alcohol. Takirwa says that even boda boda riders continued carrying two passengers instead of one. He says that since people have remained adamant, the only option is to tell the president to issue a fresh lock down.
Security officials rooting for fresh lock down in Kigezi

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Security authorities are considering another lockdown in Kigezi after members of the public especially transporters dropped all COVID-19 preventive guidelines.

The authorities reportedly want to request President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to issue a fresh lockdown in Kigezi region.

In June this year, Museveni ordered public and private transport to resume but follow the standard operating procedures. Public transport had been suspended in March this year.

The President ordered that all passengers must wear face masks and sanitize their hands before entering and disembarking from vehicles. He also ordered that vehicles must carry half of the number of passengers as part of observing social distancing. He also ordered for registration of all passengers for easy tracing in case of any need. However, security officials in Kigezi say that the public has completely dropped all guidelines issued by the president and yet this could cause further spread of COVID-19.

Elly Maate, Kigezi, the region police spokesperson says he has personally conducted a survey in bus and taxi parks in the districts of Kigezi but found nothing like sanitizers or water and soap for washing hands. Maate also says that bus and taxi guides have never exited parks despite the president’s order that they are not supposed to be there.

According to Maate, they have no option but to ask the President to impose a fresh lockdown since people have remained defiant on his orders.

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Lieutenant Colonel Robert Nahamya, Uganda People Defense Forces (UPDF) 19 battalion Commander in Kabale District says that transporters keep on carrying passengers to full capacity while others overload as if there is no COVID-19. Nahamya says that they are tired of transporters who aid foreigners from Rwanda and Democratic of Congo to sneak into Uganda through porous borders to take buses traveling to Kampala. He says that transporters have even reached an extent of baptizing foreigners “obu Japan” (Japanese) in order to disguise security officers from tracing them.

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Brigadier General Francis Takirwa, UPDF Second Division Commander says that he recently conducted a survey in Kigezi after 10pm and was shocked to find people in bars. Takirwa says that even boda boda riders continue carrying two passengers instead of one. He says that since people have remained adamant, the only option is to tell the president to issue a fresh lockdown.

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But, Swaib Mukidadi, the manager of Trinity Bus Company Kabale Office wonders why security officials are only focusing on transporters yet National Resistance Movement party politicians were left to freely conduct campaigns without observing procedures. Geoffrey Mugisha, a taxi driver along Kabale-Kisoro road says that transporters should not be a target since people also freely voted by lining where there was completely no social distancing.

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