Uganda police spokesperson Fred Enanga has advised the public to adhere to the co vid-19 restrictions especially the curfew or risk being apprehended.
“With the covid-19 cases and deaths spiraling, it’s imperative for us to act tough,” said Enanga while addressing the press at the Uganda media center.
He added that “we have realized that motorists drive beyond 9pm while motorcyclists (boda boda riders)also breach stipulated time and also dishonor curfew time of 5.30 am to 6 pm on top of continuing to carry more than one passenger as ordered.
As of 3 pm Monday 12 October, Uganda had 9801 covid-19 cases and 93 deaths. Police have used all possible avenues to ensure the public doesn’t fall prey.
“Tonight, we are re-instating all curfew checkpoints. Vehicles will be stopped at 2100hrs. We are witnessing people starting to violate the curfew hours. Today, plan your journey early” read a social media statement by Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango.
Uganda’s history with the curfew during the covid-19 lockdown announced on 18 March 2020 has been tumultuous, to say the least. Several people lost their lives due to negligence by security agencies, a scenario likely to happen if the police spokesperson’s words are anything to go by with.
“All agencies are to be redeployed to ensure this curfew is respected”.
The latest Police insistence on the curfew comes after a weekend in which the force arrested 21 people when it foiled a “sex party”.Enanga also hinted at entertainment places that are operating illicitly against covid-19 restrictions.