Police has directed Radio and Television
stations across the country to notify police commanders within their areas of
operations about their late night shows that might require their guests to move
beyond curfew hours.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga says that it has come to their attention that while journalists are allowed
to travel at night because of they are among essential service workers, most of
the people appearing on their programs are not in the same category.
He says as a result, police have
always found it hard to accept the explanations of the people they find moving
during curfew hours before of appearing on late night shows since media houses
don’t take it upon themselves to inform police about their arrangements.
He says now media houses will be
required to write to their area police stations indicating the guests to be
hosted, where they stay, the routes they will be using while returning home
after the talk shows and the time the programs will start and end.
According to Enanga, this will enable them to
alert their officers on the ground about the categories of people to be excused
from those being held apprehended for violating curfew directives.
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Enanga dismissed media reports indicating that
police have been deploying at some media houses to block opposition politicians
from being hosted. He cited an incident in Mubende district last week where
police deployed around the premises of Point FM, Mubende FM and Tropical FM where
the People Power leader, Robert Kyagulanyi was expected to appear in vain.
According to Enanga, it’s the
radio stations that invited police to help keep away crowds from their
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Enanga also expressed concern about the reluctance
by several Ugandans to implement Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs, which they
used to negotiate with government to lift the lockdown.
He said security
agencies have done their work of enforcing the implementation of SOPs but some
Ugandans have proven to be complacent, which might affect the gains made so