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31 Arrested Partying in Kitgum Municipality

The suspects who include nine women and 22 men were picked from Corner pub in Central division, Kitgum Municipality on Thursday night.
Police in Kitgum district have arrested 31 people who were found partying and drinking alcohol in a pub.

The suspects who include nine women and 22 men were picked from Corner Pub in Central division, Kitgum Municipality on Thursday night.

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech says the arrest followed an operation conducted by security personnel after a tip off.

He said three government motorcycles were also recovered packed at the pub's entrance. Komakech notes that the suspects violated the presidential directives on social gathering in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

According to Komakech, the suspects will be tasked to pay a fine of Shillings 200,000 each for breaking the guidelines. He adds that they are considering revoking the trading licence of the pub owner for breaking the directive requiring bars and pubs to remain closed.

"This time around they must pay a fine of Shillings 200,000 each. The licence of the bar owner will be revoked and his operation ceased," Komakech told members of COVID-19  taskforce during a weekly meeting on Friday.

The suspects are currently in detention at Kitgum Central Police station.

During the meeting, Komakech observed that enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines by the police had become challenging because the patrol pick-up had broken down.

His request however to the district Chief Administrative officer, Martin Jacan Gwokto to support the the police with a vehicle didn't yield fruits. The police patrol pick-up broke down two weeks ago.

The arrest of the suspects however comes amidst a sharp rise in cases of COVID-19 in Kitgum Municipality.

The Acting Kitgum District Health Officer, Dr. Henry Okello Otto noted that they have so far registered 20 cases of COVID-19 in just one week, a trend he described as worrying.

Kitgum district has so far registered eight COVID-19 deaths with cumulative positive cases hitting 458 since March last year.

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