Uganda Joint Task Force has warned the general public that anyone caught breaking the new COVID-19 guidelines will be held accountable.
The Uganda Joint Task Force has issued a warning to the general public that they are going to hold accountable all those individuals caught violating the new COVID-19 guidelines.
On Friday last week following a surge in infections and deaths from the coronavirus, President Museveni announced a pool of new measures as part of the government’s strategy to help curb the transmission rates.
The measures including a total lockdown for the next 42 days are ranging from the ban on movements and large gatherings, closure of non-essential business and shopping centres, stay at home orders, mask mandates, social distancing and proper hygiene.
With high hopes that many Ugandans might defy some of these directives, the police have warned that they will not hold lightly any individual found non-compliant.
In a statement dated 21st June 2021, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said all individuals should expect even tougher action against all COVID offenders and defaulters, who continue to blatantly and deliberately flout the new lockdown regulations.
“In the course of last week, a total of 857 persons were arrested countrywide for flouting the lockdown and curfew restrictions; 600 motorvehicles were impounded, out of which 493 motor vehicles were issued with EPS tickets, 107 are still pending clearance; 2,762 motorcycles were impounded out of which 2430 were issued with EPS tickets, 332 are still parked and pending clearance,” Enanga said.
“This morning we have impounded several motor vehicles and motorcycles and disrupted movements of persons trying to breach the new lockdown measures with all forms of excuses to move. You should expect more search and stopovers of motorists and pedestrians, with security personnel demanding an explanation about why they are out and about.”
In addition, he reminded that in recent weeks they have been pleading with individuals to respect and follow all the necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) but warned that they have now reached a stage where endless reminders must stop in exchange for stricter enforcement.
He said that all frontline officers have been given guidelines to follow at checkpoints and how to verify the bar codes of all stickers issued by the Ministry of Works and Transport. He said all directives that were announced last week by the president must be respected.
The police spokesman, in particular, said the ban on movements of public transport like buses, taxis, boda-bodas, and private cars still stand.
However exceptional grounds will be granted when transporting patients who require medical care or evacuation.
In addition, he said the boda bodas are strictly allowed to carry only merchandise and food items within the time limits of 5.30 AM to 5 PM.
“The task teams at all check points will verify the status of the authenticity of travel authorizations by scanning the embedded QR codes. All markets selling food items remain open, while other non-essential markets remain closed. Market vendors are encouraged to operate their workplace with support from Ministry of Health,” Enanga reminded.
“All cargo trucks shall continue operating while delivering food and essential commodities. They should strictly carry two persons including the driver. Cargo tracks moving in and out of Uganda shall park at designated areas and not trading centres. All emergency vehicles are allowed to move,” he added.