Rodgers Taitika, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, said they have talked with bank managers to ensure their clients observe the physical distancing and other COVID-19 preventive measures to avoid closure.
A team of police officers stormed Post Bank branch in Mbale town on Monday afternoon to enforce physical distancing as part of the COVID-19 preventive measures.
The police officers led
by Nesperio Kizza, the Officer in Charge of Operations at Mbale Central Police
Station faced off with Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers and Local Defence Unit personnel who had queued up in disregard of the physical
distancing guidelines to withdraw money from the bank.
It took the intervention of Jude Wandera, the 3rd
Division UPDF Public Relations Officer to calm down the soldiers who had turned
rowdy. Wandera said the commotion at
the bank was a result of the payment of salaries and the overwhelming need by
the officers to withdraw their money.
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Rodgers Taitika, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, said
they have talked with bank managers to ensure their clients observe the physical
distancing and other Covid19 preventive measures to avoid closure. He says the
congestion at banks in Mbale is worrying since bank clients come from various
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David Ikotot, the acting Manager Mbale Post Bank
told the Police officers that they have tried to enforce the Covid19 preventive
guidelines but some of their customers are adamant.
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Annet Nandelega, the Manager Centenary Bank Mbale Branch,
said they are trying to manage the numbers from outside but they are facing a
challenge of ensuring the required social distancing. She, however, said that
the bank has tried to limit the time clients spend in the banking hall by serving them expeditiously.
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Stephen Kasebe, a customer at Centenary bank, says banks haven’t
done enough to provide shelter for their clients that is why many of them are
struggling to enter the banking halls to avoid the scorching sun.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.