President Museveni issues toll-free number to help fight public mistreatment from LDUs
Following recent complaints about mistreatment of locals by police officers including the Local Defence Unit (LDU)s, President Museveni has issued a public use toll-free number to report officers who defy orders.
Via his prominent twitter handle on Saturday morning, Museveni shared toll-free number and stressed that the public can report erring security officers and law enforcers to Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of State House.
“Last night, I announced that the public can report erring security officers/law enforcers to Edith Nakalema, especially those unnecessarily harassing our people during this lockdown and curfew. The numbers to call are Toll-free: 0800202500, WhatsApp: 0778202500, SMS: 0778202500,” Museveni’s statement read.
While addressing the nation on Friday, who referred to this section of crime preventers as “crooks” said that they should not involve themselves in duties of the army.
Museveni who admitted receiving information about crime preventers beating up and torturing people including a one pregnant woman ordered that they should stop taking up duties that are not theirs like.
“Then we have some crooks as usual,” Museveni said. “Crime preventers should not involve themselves in our system,” Museveni said.
“If you have not been called upon, don’t involve yourself in this exercise. Okwetumikiriza must stop.”
Museveni was addressing the nation on concerns of increasing cases of the deadly coronavirus as Uganda still lies on 48 cases after the MOH yesterday confirmed a total of 398 cases all tested negative.
The virus first discovered in Wuhan has now first spread globally hitting over one million cases with Italy, the United States and Spain among the most affected countries.
According to experts, coronavirus spreads between people in a way similar to influenza, via respiratory droplets from coughing. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically five days but may range from two to fourteen days.
The virus can cause pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use.
The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.
The virus can be easily transmitted from one person to another like flue it is contagious, however, the only difference is that it is worse than the normal flue because it is thought to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally.
Coronavirus abbreviated as COVID -19 has no cure vaccine meaning it is more difficult for vulnerable members of the population – elderly people or those with existing respiratory or immune problems – to protect themselves.
Many measures including hand-washing with soap and avoiding crowded places and self-isolation if you feel an unusual cough have been put forth by the World Health Organization to help in the curbing on its spread.