The ban that started on Thursday, March 26, has seen a number of people arrested, and others clobbered for defying presidential directives that were issued as part of the measures to control the spread of COVID-19, a lethal virus that has attacked the human race, from all corners of the World.
The Leader of Opposition in
Parliament (LOP), Betty Aol Ocan has faulted security personnel for using
excessive powers in implementing directives on the suspension of public transport
and closure of business premises.
For 14 days, all forms of public transport
are banned, according to a directive issued on Wednesday by President Yoweri
Museveni. These include taxis, coasters, buses, passenger trains, Tuk-Tuks and Boda-Bodas. Also suspended as part of
the measures is the sale of non-food items from markets.
The ban that started on Thursday,
March 26, has seen a number of people arrested, and others clobbered for
defying presidential directives that were issued as part of the measures to
control the spread of COVID-19, a lethal virus that has attacked the human
race, from all corners of the World.
Aol explained that the use of
highhanded measures in enforcing the ban which involves beating, butting and
scourging as being done by Local Defense Unit personnel, in the presence of the
police and the UPDF is dehumanizing.
She says that while it’s
important for people to stay home and follow the guidelines, the police are
using excessive force to tame those who are tempted to come out of their homes.
She said the experiences might send Ugandans into trauma, depression and panic.
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Aol further told URN in an
interview that such cases have been recorded in almost all urban centres pointing
out Kampala, Gulu, Kitgum and parts of West Nile. She asked the public to willingly observe the
presidential measures against coronavirus and embrace handwashing to help
contain the virus which has been declared a pandemic.
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But Aswa River Region Police
Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy says that those suffering such brutalities are
resisting security orders while others physically attack those manning the
patrols. He, however, urged security enforcing the directives to engage the
locals amicably to help them understand why it’s important for them to abide.
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