Police in North Kyoga region have collected
2,780,000 Shillings from motorists defying COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures -SOPs in Lango sub region in one week.
The money has been collected through fines from boda-
boda riders and drivers caught operating beyond curfew hours as well as those
found carrying passengers.
It has been collected from the four districts of Otuke
where 6 motorcycles and motorcyclists arrested and charged; in Oyam where 12 motorcycles and 3 motor vehicles were nabbed; in Dokolo district where police impounded 4 motorcycles and Lira where 11 motor vehicles and 24 motorcycles
All the money is said to have been deposited in the
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North kyoga police spokesperson
says the boda boda riders and some people with private cars have continued to
defy the guidelines which exposes everyone to risk.
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Okema also acknowledged the possibility of extortion by some police officers executing these guidelines but said no victims have made any formal complaints, something he says is affecting the fight against corruption.
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“If only a member of the public could help us cite one or two officers so that they can be examples to the others but
unfortunately, these are just rumors within
the community and do not come directly to the police. If only they could do
that, we would be able to deal with such things.”
However, Newton Ocen, a boda- boda rider, says the
need to provide for their families as well as meet their other needs have forced
them to breach the presidential directives. Ocen, who used to make between 30,000/=
to 40,000/= is now making a maximum of 10,000/= a day.
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Similarly, Jimmy Ocen, another rider in Lira City said
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On June 18th 2021, President Yoweri Museveni issued
guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19. Among these was observance of
curfew starting 7pm, restriction of PSV and private cars while boda-boda are limited to carrying only cargo between 6:30am to 5pm.