The Officer-in-charge of Patongo Police station, Yunus Sebirumbi told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the management of the market failed to adhere to directives issued by the President and the Health Ministry.
A fruit vendor carries ripe bananas offloaded from a truck in Kitgum District recently.
The Police in Agago District dispersed hundreds of market vendors
and buyers from an open weekly market over floating Covid-19 guidelines.
The market held every Tuesday at Oliga Main Market in Patongo Town Council had
attracted more than 700 sellers and buyers from districts of Acholi, Karamoja,
and Lango sub-regions.
The Officer-in-charge of Patongo Police station, Yunus Sebirumbi says that the
management of the market failed to adhere to directives issued by the President
and the Health Ministry.
He says vendors and buyers at the market were not complying with the guidelines
on observation of Standard Operating procedures putting them at high risk of
spreading and contracting covid-19.
“The people were not complying with the SOPs, they did not wear face masks and were congested. This is the reason we had to go
and disperse them,” said Sebirumbi.
Seburimbi says although they haven’t made any arrest, the police will be
vigilant in enforcing covid-19 guidelines for the safety of the population.
He notes that the police won’t hesitate to close down the market and others in
the district where the authorities have failed to enforce strict adherence to
Joel Adilo, a member of Patongo Town Council Taskforce committee and an advisor
at the Market pledged to take appropriate measures in ensuring compliance to
SOPs at the market.
“We shall ensure that the vendors and buyers comply with directives issued by
the government to stop the spread of the virus,” He told URN in an interview
On Sunday, President Museveni announced the ban on monthly and weekly markets for
42 days in a move aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. The president also
ordered for closure of all learning institutions, churches, and mosques for 42
Uganda is currently experiencing the second and deadliest wave of
Bureau Chief, East Acholi