By Ivan Mwine
The Police arrested several revelers on Wednesday night who had decided to celebrate this year’s Heroes Day by enjoying litres booze from bars that are illegally operating around Kampala.
It should be noted that although bars and night clubs are some of the recreational facilities that were closed down by government as one of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, several bar owners are illegally opening doors to revelers who sneak in at night to gulp booze.
As a result, the police have since started conducting operations around Metropolitan Kampala to flush out all bars that are illegally operating and exposing the lives of revelers to the danger of contracting COVID-19.
Despite the fact that thousands of people have been arrested in the recent past, stubborn Ugandans keep going to bars to enjoy booze, although this has not stopped the police from arresting them.
As you read this, hundreds of booze lovers are languishing in police cells around Kampala after they were arrested during the Wednesday operations.
According to the police, at least 50 people were arrested from Garage Bar located in Ntinda, Kigowa following a tip-off from concerned citizens on Wednesday night.
According to our Moles, the arrested included sex workers, members of the corporate class, plus the managers and operators of the bar.
Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Spokesperson, told the media that; “The suspects are currently detained at different police stations in the division and will also be arraigned in court today for fines.”
He added that; “36 (14 women, 22 men) revelers were been arrested from Levels Lounge, Kamwokya. They are currently detained at Kiira Road Police station on allegations of doing a negligent act likely to spread an infection of disease.”
It should be noted that during his recent COVID-19 national address, President Yoweri Museveni reiterated that bars, night clubs and other recreational facilities shall remain closed in a bid to combat the second wave of COVID-19.
He thus advised all Ugandans with undying love for booze to buy alcohol and drink it from their homes, so as to avoid breaching the COVID-19 regulations and flouting curfew hours.
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