22 Arrested in Kagadi for Defying Presidential Directives

They include 18 football fans who were found watching football and four ladies who are bar attendants at Kasubi pub. Others were found drinking alcohol at the time they were arrested.

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Police in Kagadi is holding 22 people for defying the guidelines put in place by the government to combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

The suspects were picked on Saturday night from Kasubi Pub in Kagadi town at around 11:40PM.  

Eighteen of them were football fans who were found watching live football matches on TV and four ladies who are bar attendants. Others were found busy drinking alcohol.

Stephen Kamar, the Kagadi District Police Commander told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that the suspects whose names have been withheld for fear of jeopardizing police investigations were found watching a football match, gambling, dancing, playing cards and taking alcohol during the wee hours of the night which is contrary to the COVID-19 directives issues by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

He says some of the suspects are prominent people working with banks, the district headquarters while others work with big Non governmental organisations- NGOs in the district.   

Kamar says the suspects will be produced before court to be charged with disobedience of lawful order after investigations onto the matter is complete.

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He warned bar owners who open their businesses during the lockdown to stop because it is violation of the directives issued by the President.  

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Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says it has come to their notice that most night clubs in the region have silently resumed operations following the resumption of the English premier league, a thing he says will not be tolerated. 

He says operators of such places should wait for clearance from the government to officially resume business.