According to police records, security personnel arrested more than 11,500 people during lockdown but only 2,117 were taken to court as repeated offenders. Police issued a 40,000 Shillings express penalty ticket to each of the 16,403 impounded motorcycles hence collecting 656 million shillings.
collected 909 million shillings from the express penalties issued to riders and
motorists flouting traffic regulations and the Covid-19 guidelines.
According to police records, security personnel arrested more than 11,500 people
during lockdown but only 2,117 were taken to court as repeated offenders.
Police issued a 40,000 Shillings express penalty ticket to each of the 16,403
impounded motorcycles hence collecting 656 million shillings.
penalty ticket of 100,000 shillings was issued to each of the 2,531 impounded
cars and 253 Million Shillings was realized.
This data is
from June 6 when President Museveni announced the closure of educational
institutions, ban on inter-district movement and later the total lockdown. It shows
that cyclists were the most category of people that defied the orders intended
to control the spread of Covid19.
Criminal Investigations Directorate –CID data reveals that police accompanied
by sister security agencies on average arrested 2,000 people, impounded 3,000
motorcycles and 500 cars per week throughout the last 54 days of lockdown.
Niwabiine, the Acting Director of Traffic Police, said Boda Boda cyclists were
the majority group which violated both traffic and road safety regulations
as well as the Covid19 orders.
“Most of the express penalty tickets we issued out were about violating road
safety regulations. Most of these people were Boda-boda riders. It is the most
chaotic. We cautioned a number of them and those we gave tickets were violating
the regulations almost every day,” CP Niwabiine said.
Uganda Prison Service Spokesperson, Frank Baine, says arrests made during
lockdown have rapidly increased the number of inmates in all government prisons
across the country. Baine said the prisoners were about 64,000 before lockdown but
have since increased to more than 65,000.
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Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says security will continue to arrest whoever
is violating Covid19 directives. Enanga reminds Ugandans that Covid19 is still
rampant and therefore security will make sure guidelines intended to curb the
spread are respected.
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Although cars and motorcycles were impounded across the country, Kampala
metropolitan area that includes Kampala City, Wakiso and Mukono districts
topped the list of people violating Covid19 guidelines.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.