James Mwesigye, chairperson of Covid-19 Taskforce and resident city commissioner says that people had developed a tendency of walking to town and loitering and sitting on their shops' verandahs’ even when they are locked.
the assistance of the UPDF in Mbarara city have arrested 150 people for
flouting presidential directives and standard operating procedures set by Ministry of Health to curb the spread of Covid-19.
arrested on Monday in an operation that lasted for seven hours to crack down on
the many people who walked to town without specific responsibilities to fulfill.
personnel kept asking everybody what they were going to do in town and whoever failed
to explain and had no documentation would be arrested.
Mwesigye, chairperson of Covid-19 Taskforce and resident city commissioner says that
people had developed a tendency of walking to town and loitering and sitting on
their shops' verandahs’ even when they are locked.
says the number of people along the streets had increased in the past week and
most of them were not following the SOPs.
“the operation you…
…other innocent people.”//
says such people are portraying the wrong side of Mbarara city that people are not
adhering to the presidential directives which is not true.
He says the
seriousness of the operations has seen a reduction of Covid-19 infections,
noting that at the start over 90 cases were being registered a day but of late they
are registering between 5 and 10 cases.
Barigye says they have registered a reduction of deaths at the regional
hospital from 9 to 3 per week.
Magara, an electronics trader along High Street says they have resorted to waiting
on the verandah and calling passersby if they want anything to enter them
inside their shops and they close.
Ariganyira, chairperson Katete Mini-market traders criticized the arrests saying
that such people coming to town are their customers buying food.
He says they
are losing produce since people are not coming to town in fear of being
Mirembe, Acting Mbarara City Police Commander, says that such operations will
arrested were warned and released after a sensitization done by the police
pleaded with the city commissioner to have them released after a warning
because they deserved a second chance.
Tukamushaba, a mobile money operator said she wasn’t aware that they were also
stopped from working since she has been working from day one of the lockdown.
She said her
pleas fell on deaf ears as she was asked to get onto the truck.