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