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Police seize 57 Automobiles, Arrest 18 in Acholi Region

The suspects were apprehended following ongoing operation in the eight districts of Acholi to implement the 14 days’ Presidential directives banning movement of buses, taxis and boda-bodas to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) contagion.
28 Mar 2020 10:13
The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson ASP Jimmy Patrick Okema - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Police in Acholi sub region have seized 57 automobiles and arrested 18 suspects for defying President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni's directive on the ban on public transport in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID -19).

The suspects were apprehended following the ongoing operation in the eight districts of Acholi sub region that started on March 25. President Museveni issued a 14-day ban on public transport that included movement of buses, taxis and boda-bodas in an  effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson told URN that they impounded 39 motorcycles and 18 motor vehicles.

In Agago, five motorcycles and three motor vehicles were seized and two suspects arrested, while in Kitgum, six motorcycles, 10 motor vehicles and six suspects were apprehended for flouting the Presidential directive.

According to Okema, eight motorcycles in Lamwo District were impounded and 10 suspects arrested. Omoro, Nwoya and Amuru Districts had no defaulters. Okema also revealed that that the suspects will face charges of disobeying lawful orders.

Speaking to URN during interviews, members of the public expressed mixed reactions on the ban and ongoing operation. One, Josephine Lamunu, a concerned resident of Gulu Town decried the operation saying it has paralyzed her movements and business ventures in remotes villages.

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But George Tekkwor Bashir, a boda-boda rider welcomed the stringent measures outlined by the President as necessary given how the deadly virus is claiming thousands of lives in European countries like Italy.

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The Uganda People’s Defense Force – UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson, Maj. Caesar Olweny emphasized that the President's directive is not debatable.

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Currently, Uganda has 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, but no death has yet been recorded.