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Police orders crackdown on bars, vehicles and cyclists for breaching curfew

Security personnel patrol the streets of Kampala City to implement the curfew time directives (Courtesy Photo)

Uganda Police Force Director of Operations AIGP Edward Ochom has issued a warning to all who have been breaching curfew with instructions to police offices to crack them down.

In a letter to all Commanding Police Officers in the country, Ochom has ordered asked the Police to immediately implement the Covid-19 regulations set by the Ministry of Health and Police to curb down the spread of the disease.

Ochom has asked the Police Officers to have snapchecks to regulate movements during curfew times and intensify foot and motorized patrols.

In a letter dated February 22, 2021, to the Commander Kampala Metropolitan Police, Regional Police Commanders, District Police Commanders and all units also directed police alert squads to be sent out and that any officer who will not comply with the new instructions will have actions taken against them.

“As you are all aware, the curfew and the Covid-19 regulations are still in force. However, it has been observed that the bodaboda riders are no longer observing curfew time and they are seen riding through the night. Equally the vehicles are not observing curfew time of 9:00 pm and are seen all the times of the night,”

Edward Ochom, Uganda Police Force Director of Operations

He also noted that bars had not been allowed to operate but information pertaining is that some of the bars and discotheques are alleged to be protected by security personnel.

“These continued activities have enabled crimes to escalate and there are increased cases of domestic violence, murders and robberies. This is the time when crimes should be going down as we still have the support of other security agencies and Special Police Constables,”

Edward Ochom, Uganda Police Force Director of Operations

In March last year, President Yoweri Museveni announced the closure of bars, schools and churches among others as a measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and even though churches and schools have been partially opened, bars are still on lockdown till further notice.

With the declining cases of COVID-19 in the country, there have been calls to Government to lift all the restrictions that had been imposed but that is yet to happen.

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