Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech told the District Covid-19 task-force meeting on Tuesday that the suspects were returned on the orders of the Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Jeje Odongo.
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The two Russians and a Uganda national who were
arrested in Kitgum Municipality for violating the Covid19 travel restrictions
and using a state house number plates without authorisation have been returned
to Kitgum Central Police station.
They are Gribov Vladislav, Kozhevin Viacheslav and
Joseph Aburek. The trio was returned to Kitgum on Monday night, a few hours
after they were driven from the district en-route to Kampala where they were
scheduled to appear before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for
Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William
Komakech told the District Covid-19 task-force meeting on Tuesday that the
suspects were returned on the orders of the Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Jeje
Odongo. He said the order came as the suspects were being escorted by Kitgum
District Police Commander, Moses Bwire who had reached Angagura Sub County in
Pader District, some 57 kilometers out of Kitgum.
“The Internal Affairs Minister Gen Jeje Odongo
yesterday evening called and told me the Russians should be returned in Kitgum
District. The three people have all been returned as per the order,” Komakech
said. He noted that the one of the suspects is being detained at Kitgum Central
Police station while two others have been placed under quarantine at Bomah
Hotel Ltd in Kitgum Municipality.
Komakech says the suspects have been taken
through screening for the deadly corona Virus disease.
the suspects returned?
A high ranking police officer who preferred
anonymity says the decision to return the suspects was taken during a cabinet
meeting held on Monday chaired by the President.
“The cabinet decided yesterday that the
suspects should immediately be returned to Kitgum district. This decision was
taken to ensure that the suspects remain in quarantine in Kitgum Municipality
and avoid risks of transporting them to Kampala when their health status isn’t clearly
known,” the source told URN in an interview.
He notes that the suspects are expected to
undergo the 14 day mandatory quarantine in the district as per the Health
Ministry guidelines before they are tested. The suspects who arrived in the country on February
23rd, 2020 from Russia through Entebbe International Airport were
arrested on Saturday from Bomah Hotel were they had checked in.
They traveled from Kampala and had reportedly
visited Orom Sub-county along with some local leaders to explore a graphite
site. Police officers over the weekend impounded a privately owned vehicle
bearing state house registration number, which the suspects were reportedly
using without the authorisation sticker.
Investigation conducted by police revealed
that the vehicle’s original registration UAU 258Z, was replaced to grant them
ease of movement to Kitgum district.
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