100 people spent the night in the cells of different police stations in Kampala
following the heightened curfew operations. On Tuesday, Kampala Metropolitan Police
warned about the alarming abuse of the nighttime curfew operations by motorists
like to inform the general public that Kampala Metropolitan Police will start
today (Tuesday), to heighten operations against those flaunting curfew. Whoever
will be found violating curfew guidelines, will be arrested, cars impounded and
taken to courts of law for prosecution,” the Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy
Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire.
At exactly 6 pm on Tuesday, joint security teams comprising Police and
Local Defense Unit-LDU personnel deployed strategically on different roads in
Kampala. They also mounted roadblocks at different traffic lights leading to
the arrest of several curfew violators. The
suspects included motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who were returning home
past the 7 pm curfew.
A police officer at Jinja Road police station who
participated in night operations told Uganda Radio Network-URN this morning
that they arrested 50 motorists from Nakawa and Lugogo-bypass during curfew
“They spent the night at Jinja road police. We cautioned them and
released some of them in the morning. The
screening is still continuing,” said the officer. Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, says that
they impounded 339 motor vehicles and 265 motorcycles in the operations in
Kampala Metropolitan policing areas.
“We shall issue express penalty tickets against these
vehicles and motorcycles. The suspects currently detained at different police
divisions will be arraigned in courts of law for prosecution,” he said. Keneth Musundi, a Boda-boda rider in Nakawa division cried
out to police against the brutal arrest.
He says that his explanations to the officers
that his motorcycle had mechanical problems fell on deaf ears.
//Cue In: “Nebwobanyonyola tebawuliliza …
Cue Out:… bakutwala butwazi,”//
Emmanuel Mayanja, another rider at city square said the police officers
enforcing the curfew have turned it into an extortion scheme. He says that
the officers charge between Shillings 50,000 and 100,000 to release those found
violating the curfew.
//Cue In: “bwebakukwata oba …
Cue Out:… owedde abasirikale,”//
Owoyesigyire says the operations are ongoing and advised the
general public to plan their time very early. ”While these operations continue,
we still caution and remind the public to plan their time very well in order to
avoid any inconveniences,” said Owoyesigyire.