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Police Block Covid-19 SOPs Mobilization Campaign By Masaka Leaders

The leaders had gone along with at least 500 liters of liquid soap and water containers which they were donating to markets as a way of supporting the hand-washing campaign among vendors and their clients.
Masaka District Police Commander David Kalagye (in T-shirt) speaking through the Window of LOP Mathias Mpuuga on Sunday

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Police in Masaka district blocked a public campaign to mobilize adherence to Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures by leaders in the area.  

Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament also Member of Parliament for Nyendo-Mukungwe division in Masaka city, along with other leaders on Sunday went out to mobilize vendors to fully observe all precautionary measures against the Covid-19 disease. 

The leaders had also gone along with at least 500 liters of liquid soap and water containers which they were donating to markets as a way of supporting the hand-washing campaign among vendors and their clients.

  However, the campaign was prematurely blocked by police on grounds that they organizers had not dully notified the authorities to make proper arrangements for them.

  David Kalagye, the acting Masaka District Police Commander together with anti-riot police personnel, pursued Mpuuga and his team before blocking from proceeding with the program. 

Police mounted a roadblock at Kirimya trading centre along the Masaka-Kyotera road, causing a bitter standoff between the politicians and the police that ordered them to turn their vehicles back. 

Kalagye indicated that he has orders to stop the leaders from proceeding with their program, over failure notify security about their activities which he said would cause people to converge which exposed them to the covid-19 risk.

in the ensuing scuffle, police arrested the drive of the truck that was carrying the public address system and confiscated the equipment 

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However Mpuuga lashed out at Police for blocking a well-intentioned program which he said was meant to sanitize communities about the apparent dangers of covid-19 as well asking them to heighten their adherence to prevention measures.

 He says that their decision to conduct public Covid-19 education talks was informed by the need to emphasize the adherence to prevention approaches among the market vendors, whom they identified as one of the groups that stand high risks of contracting the virus.  

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Earlier, the leaders addressed meetings in eight markets were they asked vendors to keep children out of the market places because of their high level of exposure to the virus. 

Juliet Kakande Nakabuye, the Masaka City Woman MP pleaded with vendors to lock out anybody without facemasks from accessing the market, to pre-empt authorities from closing down the markets over failure to adhere to standard operating procedures. 

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