police impounds defying covid-19 measures
Patrick Onyango said they reinstated strong operations more so in areas around Kampala city centre.

Police earlier this week announced that they had impounded up to 331 motorcycles for defying COVID-19 measures.

With much focus now on enforcing coronavirus prevention guidelines, police earlier this week announced that they had impounded up to 331 motorcycles for defying COVID-19 measures.

According to a police statement dated Tuesday, (October 13, 2020), the Kampala Metropolitan Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango said they reinstated strong operations more so in areas around Kampala city centre to enforce anti-COVID-19 guidelines.

As a result, the police spokesperson said that they arrested 211 motor vehicles and 331 motorcycles after their first operation on Monday. Onyango explained that the drivers were cautioned while others were issued with Express Penalty Scheme tickets.

‘’Last night, we carried out an operation to reinvigorate the anti-COVID19 enforcement measures, especially the curfew hours. During the operations, we impounded over 211 motor vehicles and 331 motorcycles,’’ part of Onyango’s statement read.

‘’The operation was peaceful and it was carried out in an orderly manner and professionally. Some drivers were cautioned while others were issued with Express Penalty Scheme tickets. ‘’

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police impounds defying covid-19 measures
Patrick Onyango said they reinstated strong operations more so in areas around Kampala city centre.

Also, Onyango said that the vehicles and motorcycles were arrested from regions of Kampala Metropolitan East, North and South. He further reminded that curfew still stops at 9:00 pm and appealed to the general public to plan their journeys early enough to avoid being caught on the wrong side of the law. 

‘’In Kampala Metropolitan East, 81 motor vehicles and 22 vehicles were impounded, in Kampala Metropolitan Police North, 45 motor vehicles and 145 motorcycles were impounded, in Kampala Metropolitan Police South, 85 motor vehicles and 164 motorcycles were impounded,’’ Onyango added.

He, however, reiterated that the operation was not a one-day thing but will continue until such a time when people stop defying imposed earlier by President Museveni.

While lifting a lockdown on transport means, the President ordered cyclists to resume their operations but not exceeding 6 pm. He said that each boda boda should carry only one passenger and both must be wearing masks with the rider also wearing a helmet to properly cover his or her masked face.

On public vehicles, the President directed that they should carry half their total capacity with all passengers required to sanitize before being allowed entry into the taxis or buses. For private cars, he said that they should carry not more than four people.

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However, the police say that people have been acting contrary in recent weeks. While addressing journalists at the Media Centre recently, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that individuals more so those in Kampala are minimizing the SOPs.

Meanwhile, this comes at a time when cases in Kampala continue to surge. The health ministry on Wednesday confirmed 37 new cases from the city centre part of the 124 new cases registered from COVID-19 tests done on 13 October 2020.

As of today, Uganda has registered up to 10,069 cases from which 6,531 people have been discharged after they recovered from the virus while 95 have succumbed to it.