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Parliament Questions Relevance of Curfew

The matter was raised by Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South MP who says that the curfew is now being used to violate rights of Ugandans, curtail mothers and women who are coming from the market and extort money from Ugandans.
One of the Groups that has been sent to prison for defying curfew appearing at Buganda Road Court on Thursday

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Members of Parliament want curfew lifted, saying it is no longer relevant as the COVID-19 vaccines have arrived but Uganda has also made strides in combatting COVI-19.

  The matter of national importance was raised on Tuesday during plenary by Gilbert Olanya the Kilak South MP who says that the curfew is being used to violate rights of Ugandans, curtail mothers and women who are coming from the market and extort money from Ugandans.

  According to Olanya, curfew needs to be lifted since it is being misused and that trading centers are collapsing since some officers are moving from shop to shop and village to village extorting money.

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Herbert Kinobere the Kibuku county MP says for violating curfew, Ugandans are being tied on ropes bringing back memories of slave trade. He says the arrested persons are only released with money.

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The Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa says that last week on Wednesday she presented a petition from the private sector on the curfew, and cabinet tasked the national task force on COVID-19 to review the standard operating procedure on COVID-19 including curfew.

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The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga questioned the relevance of curfew at this time saying this matter should be handled quickly. She says it is really disturbing that even when you go to the village you can't return at night. 

She says that there is no need to confine people anymore as it touches on the human rights of Ugandans. She asked Government to come with an answer next Tuesday.

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Cyrus Aogon the Kumi Municipality MP says that it is time to remove the curfew and allow Ugandans to recover.

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