By Ivan Mwine
The Police in Metropolitan Kampala raided several bars around the city in a bid to enforce COVID-19 regulations and during the operation they arrested 1,100 revellers, on top of impounding 50 vehicles and several motorcycles for breaching curfew hours.
The operation, which is part of Police’s implementation of the presidential guidelines on preventing the spread of COVID-19, was conducted after authorities observed that despite the fact that bars have never been opened, several Ugandans sneak into various drinking joints that are operating illegally to enjoy booze fests, yet they are risking their lives and those of their loved ones.
ASP Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO), issued a statement about the operation, in which he said that; “The territorial Police in Kampala Metropolitan conducted an operation last night with an aim of enforcing Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures.
The aim was to raid bars that have been working in total disregard of the Ministry of Health guidelines.
A total of 1,100 suspects have been arrested and over 50 motor vehicles have been impounded.”
He added that; “The suspects were arrested from different bars around Kampala Metropolitan Area. We reiterate that bars are not yet opened.”
Owoyesigire warned that; “The Police will not hesitate to arrest any suspects found violating stipulated guidelines. All suspects arrested will be produced in courts of law on offences of doing a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease.”
He urged members of the public to observe standard operating procedures, like wearing masks in public places and sanitising, to avoid contract Coronavirus or spreading it to others.
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