President Museveni orders release of over 4000 people arrested for defying curfew and lockdown guidelines.
President Museveni Monday called for the immediate release of all Ugandans who were arrested for defying lockdown and curfew guidelines.
According to Museveni, all individuals that were arrested for disobeying guidelines and the Police does not have any other serious cases with them should be set free immediately.
As a result, the President said that he has already spoken with the Director of Public Prosecution and the Attorney General to have over 4000 people who were arrested and charged with disobeying directives during the lockdown to be released from the prison cells.
“Four thousand (4,000) persons were arrested during the lockdown, their cases are going to be reviewed by DPP and early release from jail may be considered,” Museveni said while addressing the nation on the new measures in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Part of the new measures, the President re-echoed that public transport will resume on Thursday, June 4, provided each vehicle carries half its normal capacity including the driver and the conductor.
Also, Museveni said everyone on board the taxis or the minibuses must wear a mask and those individuals who are unable to acquire standard ones (masks) should remain home.
Meanwhile, President Museveni said the boda bodas will remain operational but only transporting cargo because they cannot observe social distancing. Relatively, he said Ugandans should continue using their bicycles because they are now the most secure means of transport.
“We can’t risk the lives of our people because of business…This is not the time to be polite; we can’t continue with this menace, the boda boda the least they can do, is keeping quiet until the disease is over,” Museveni said while speaking about boda bodas.
“Even for the private and public means of transport, If you don’t have a mask, stay home,” he added before postponing school reopening up to July.
Meanwhile here are the full summarized guidelines
1. Public transport is now allowed but will carry half of the normal capacity including the driver and the conductor with effect from 4th June 2020. *All passengers, driver and passengers must wear face masks.
2. Brokers, taxi/bus touts, hawkers are not allowed in the public transport parks/ terminals.
3. Public and private transport is still banned in the border districts.
4. Bodabodas are still banned from carrying passengers until further notice.
5. Bars, saunas, salons, gyms, public swimming are still banned for another 21days.
6. International borders and airports will remain closed until further notice.
7. The School going candidates /finalists total to 1.4m and Govt doesn’t have the resources to test the numbers for COVID-19 every 2 weeks, besides, day schoolers, school workers and teachers are still high risks because they oscillate between home and the school premises.
*Therefore, Schools will remain closed for the candidate learners for one more month.
*Govt to pursue distance learning methodology (TVs, Radio, etc) for learners during the lockdown.
8. The curfew will continue from 7.00 pm-6.30 am.
9. Churches and mosques will remain closed.
10. Political and cultural public gatherings are still prohibited until further notice.
11. Shopping malls will be allowed to open starting 4th June 2020.
12. Govt issued face masks will be ready for public distribution from 10th June 2020.
*Border districts will be the priority for face mask distribution.
13. The biggest number of cases are South Sudan Truck drivers.
14. Four thousand (4,000) persons were arrested during the lockdown, their cases are going to be reviewed by DPP and early release from jail may be considered.