On Tuesday, the army had to reinforce the police at the burial of Serere Principal Assistant Secretary, Patrick David Ejiku in Kamuda Sub County, Soroti District. The police had cleared only 100 people but many mourners turned up forcing police to disperse them.
Police in Teso sub-region is struggling to regulate gatherings at
burials and marriage functions.
In March President Yoweri Museveni announced a ban on large public
gatherings including funerals, weddings, church and services in a bid to help
prevent the spread of the covid-19.
Museveni restricted burials to only family members while marriages
especially religious weddings were limited to ten people.
However, security officers in the region are struggling to enforce
On Tuesday, the army had to reinforce the police at the burial of
Serere Principal Assistant Secretary, Patrick David Ejiku in Kamuda Sub County,
Soroti District. The police had cleared only 100 people but many mourners turned
up forcing police to disperse them.
In Kumi, mourners overwhelmed police at the burial of former prisons officer,
Frances Apio Outeke, on Thursday. According to Maxwell Ogwal, the Regional
Police Commander for East Kyoga, there were three burials in different places
within Kumi district that overstretched the police manpower.
Ogwal explains that some of the mourners turned rowdy at the officers enforcing
physical distancing. He notes that much as police is trying to limit numbers of
people attending burials and marriages, there is laxity from members of the
community in adhering to the Presidential Guidelines on social distancing.
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Christine Apolot, the Kumi LCV Chairperson says that police is overwhelmed by several
burials that need their presence. She observes that many people have remained
adamant to the guidelines issued by the President, asking police authorities to
beef up security presence in the district.
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Police are also overwhelmed by Boda- Boda cyclists have resumed normal operations across the
region. In Soroti town, cyclists are seen carrying passengers while
others operate up to 8:00 pm.