Police in Luweero district on Monday night impounded more than 300 cars for allegedly defying curfew time. The government maintained a night-time curfew starting 7 p.m to
6:30a.m to combat the spread of covid-19.
Traffic Policemen commanded by Luweero District Police Commander
Abraham Tukundane mounted four roadblocks along Kampala-Gulu highway and
impounded the vehicles
The roadblocks were mounted at Dawson Petrol Station, Kasana
Luweero Diocese, Kasana roadside market and Kiwoko-Luweero road in Luweero town
Among the vehicles impounded included private cars, taxis, pickups, vehicles of
non-essential workers and Fuso trucks. The drivers were ordered to park at the roadsides
and the keys confiscated.
The drivers pleaded with Tukundane to release the cars on grounds that they
were delayed by the traffic jam in Kampala and others were transporting cargo.
Godfrey Ssemanda a resident in Luweero town council explained that his car was
impounded at 7:05 pm as he was heading back home from work.
David Senkanja another driver said that his car was impounded at around 9:00 pm
while heading to Kitgum where he was distributing medical equipment.
Senkanja said that he was delayed in jam for close to three hours and pleaded with
Policemen to let him proceed.
Police also impounded 35 new cars which were allegedly in a convoy heading to
Kyeyune Jjaja, a car dealer also blamed Policemen for
impounding the vehicles which he classified as cargo eligible to move all time.
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Tukundane explained the operation was conducted after members of the district
COVID-19 task force raised concern about the failure by motorists to observe
He, however, said that vehicles would be returned to the owners on
Tuesday after caution.
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After pleading with Policemen in vain, the drivers and other passengers slept
in their cars until in the morning when Police is expected to let them proceed
with the journeys.
On Monday Police in Luweero also closed three markets for defying
guidelines aimed at combating spreading of COVID 19 pandemic.