Gulu Resident City Commissioner, Denise Odongpiny told URN later that he even surrendered his official vehicle to security to enforce the curfew restrictions in vain, something he says is very unfortunate.
Security Personnel patroling Gulu City Street as revelers watch -Photo by Jesse Johnson James
Security personnel in Gulu city failed to enforce curfew on Christmas
night as thousands of revelers stormed the streets, night clubs and other
places of social gatherings to party.
A number of hangouts and nightclubs opened for business in violation of
the ban on their operations and the nighttime curfew that runs from 7 pm
to 5:30 am.
Some of the hangouts that opened for
business include Bjs in Pece –Laroo Division, and Buganda Pub in Bardege –Layibi Division, Wine Garage, Heldan Inn, The Bus Terminal,
Password, and KSP
Hotel among others. Only one police Truck
registration number UP 9110, Pickup registration number UP 550, and a white Noah registration number UAP/ 088D as well as
dozens of security personnel on foo, were seen patrolling the busy streets.
By 10 pm, Wine Garage –a famous hangout in Senior
Quarters was filled with
hundreds of revelers who paid Shillings 10,000 in the
entry fees. Loud
music from Wine Garage could
be heard from a distance. At Bjs hangout that had close to 500 revelers in and
outside of the premises, police and UPDF officers were seen pleading with the
owners and the revelers at the gate to shut down the music and vacate the
However, this plea fell
on deaf ears prompting the officers to back
off in silence. The
security personnel managed to disperse thousands of revelers more than once
from 4U Bar and Restaurant, Password, and the Bus Terminal. However, the revelers resumed partying every
moment the security left.
Street gangs armed with sticks, knives, and
moving in groups of 5 to 10 members
took control of some of the streets. They assaulted some of the revelers and robbed their valuables including
phones and handbags. Boda –boda riders who parked along the roadsides and
in front of the hangouts made a kill as they from
time to time carried the
revelers from one spot to another at a fee slightly higher than the normal fares.
David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, and Francis Odoki Okello Rwotlonyo, the Deputy
Gulu Resident City Commissioner couldn’t
be reached for comment as their phones were turned off. Gulu Resident City Commissioner, Denise Odongpiny told URN later that he even surrendered his official vehicle to security to enforce the curfew restrictions in vain, something
he says is very unfortunate.
also blamed Gulu City residents for
being stubborn and failing to adhere to the COVID-19 containment measures.