Police in greater Arua
and West Nile have been warned against acts of extortion as they prepare to
enforce Presidential directives for curbing Covid-19 infections, starting Thursday
President Museveni on
Sunday ordered the immediate closure of schools, worship places, bars
restricting movement within districts, stopping of boda boda operations by
6:00pm among other measures.
But basing on experience
in the March lockdown of last year, some police and security officers in Arua were
implicated in acts of extortion especially from boda bodas whose bikes were
impounded, before releasing them.
Martin Oroch, the
Resident City Commissioner has cautioned security officers against seeking personal gains while enforcing the Presidential directive.Oroch also urges the
public to promptly report any officer trying to extort money from them.
// Cue in; I also want to appeal.…//Cue out; to generate income.…. //
Similarly, Sam Nyakua the
Mayor Arua City argues that the past lockdown security experience should serve
as a lesson andshould personnel avoid repeating such mistakes like extortion of money from
// Cue in; People who are crossing.…//Cue out; that’s why we are here.…. //
According to Hudson
Ocheng Police PRO for W. Nile, any police officer who is found extorting
money will face the law with the giver of the money including losing his or her
Ocheng also warns the
public against enticing the officers with offers, adding that all those fined by
the police will use banks to pay the fines on them.
// Cue in; If your motorcycle.…//Cue out; come and complain.…. //
The revived greater Arua
Covid-19 Taskforce is set to sit for its first meeting on Tuesday and is expected to streamline enforcement of Covid-19 presidential
directive and instilling discipline among the officers.