The officers argue that they are facing difficulties whenever violators of the curfew are arrested but leaders order for their immediate release. They also add that some leaders own bars and protect the revelers from being arrested.
Security officers in Kabale district are accusing a section of leaders
for frustrating enforcement of Covid-19 preventive guidelines.
The officers argue that they are facing difficulties whenever
violators of the curfew are arrested but leaders order for their immediate
release. They also add that some leaders own bars and protect the revelers from being arrested.
Henry Kisembo, the Kabale District Police Field Force Unit (FFU)
Commander says that whenever police officers storm bars to conduct arrests, the
leaders instead react harshly and order the officers to withdraw.
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George William Okell, the Officer-in-Charge of Kabale University
Police Station says that after arresting some of the suspects violating
Covid-19 preventive guidelines, they receive phone calls from some political
leaders with orders to release the suspects.
Okello cites an example when he recently arrested a person at 2:00
a.m for violating curfew hours but he received orders from about five top leaders
in the district threatening to sack him if he does not release the suspect.
Okello wants political leaders to walk the talk if the fight
against the Covid-19 pandemic is to be a success in Kabale.
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Moses Enyo, Officer-in-charge of Katuna border police station says
that he is surprised that some leaders who own and operate bars condemn the
security personnel for obtaining bribes.
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Kabale District Operation Wealth Creation coordinator Lt Col
Charles Tebarura who is also a member of Kabale District Covid-19 taskforce says
that many security personnel are losing morale in the enforcement of the
guidelines due to the action of the leaders.
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Alfred Besigensi, Kabale District Health Officer says that
security personnel have come under criticism for selective enforcement of
guidelines due to the actions of the district leaders.
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Nelson Nshangabasheija, the Kabale District LCV Chairperson
regrets the accusations against the leaders. He says that all leaders should
put in collective efforts in the fight against Covid-19 but not sabotage security
personnel who are enforcing the guidelines.