According to data gathered by Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) 1,154 pedestrians were set free after being cautioned, 142 were given police bond and while 252 who were singled out as repeated offenders were arraigned before courts of law.
Police records show 1,604 pedestrians were arrested last
week across the country for violating curfew hours.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,
has maintained a 7pm curfew in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19.
Commissioner of Police – CP Fred Enanga, the police
spokesperson said today that most of the pedestrians who were arrested were found walking past curfew time. Enanga
explained that many of the pedestrians were cautioned and later released before the week end
while others were released on police bond.
According to data gathered by Criminal Investigations
Directorate (CID) 1,154 pedestrians were set free after being cautioned, 142
were given police bond and while 252 who were singled out as repeated offenders
were arraigned before courts of law.
“In our curfew operations last week, we arrested a
number of pedestrians walking past curfew time. we have 47 files sent to
Resident State Attorney (RSA) for perusal and legal advice,” said Enanga.
Police collected more than 114million shillings from
Express Penalty Schemes (EPS) tickets given to errant drivers during curfew time.
The fines emanated from driving without permits, lack of third party while
other drivers were found drunk. More than 1,000 cars were fined Shs100,000 or more.
Similarly, 2,798 motorcyclists were fined for riding
past curfew hours. Only 475 were pardoned while 204 motorcycles are still being
held at various police stations. In Kampala metropolitan, Old Kampala, Katwe
and Kawempe police stations are often crowded with impounded Boda-bodas.
The riders have often accused police of extorting money
from them in the guise of implement curfew hours. Many of the riders who are
talked to Uganda Radio Network says they are always charged Shs20,000 to Shs50,000
in order to regain their motorcycles.
President Museveni has declared that the
economy will fully reopen in January next year where all COVID-19 restrictions including
curfew will be removed and bars that have been under lock and key will resume
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.