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Protests in Jinja as Security Blocks Pedestrians from Accessing Town

While cargo trucks, pickups and motorcycles were given a green light to easily proceed, occupants of private vehicles and pedestrians who were not in the category of essential workers were tasked to adduce movement permits.
A woman flees from security.

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Pedestrians from Bugembe, Mpumudde, Mafubira, Namulesa and Walukuba in the outskirts of Jinja have spent the better part of Wednesday in running battles with security personnel after being blocked from accessing the city centre.

Security personnel comprising both UPDF and police personnel staged several roadblocks across the different access routes leading to the Central Business District. While cargo trucks, pickups and motorcycles were given a green light to easily proceed, occupants of private vehicles and pedestrians who were not in the category of essential workers were tasked to adduce movement permits.

Many of them were sent back home for failing to convince security personnel that they had a valid reason for leaving their homes. This, however, angered the pedestrians, who used stones and clubs to block the Jinja-Iganga highway in protest.

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Ibrahim Kaloli, a motorcyclist says that the implementation of presidential directives have left them at loggerheads with security personnel, and appeals to president Yoweri Museveni to clarify the categories of people that need to be restricted.

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Alex Mutumba, a mobile money shop operator says that much as the enforcement is aimed at protecting them against contracting COVID-19, small scale business owners should be left to fend for themselves in due course, as they wait for government’s proposed relief packages.

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The Kiira Central Police Commander, Maurice Niyonzima says that intelligence information has confirmed that most youths spend the entire day playing board games within the markets and other open spaces, without observing social distance and other related Standard Operating Procedures-SOPS, which enhances congestion and increases the spread of COVID-19, if not controlled.

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