Police on Tuesday blocked the NUP party from holding a meeting on the basis that the party failed to observe the Covid-19 guidelines.
Police on Tuesday blocked the National Unity Platform (NUP) party from holding a meeting on the basis that the party failed to observe the necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan Public Relations Officer, Patrick Onyango, the NUP party members had organized a meeting to launch their new offices around Balintuma Road in Old Kampala but their meeting was called off on suspicion that it would attract large gatherings of people creating favourable grounds for the spread of the Covid-19.
Onyango said that the group had erected up to nine tents at the venue a clear indication that they were expecting many people to attend which prompted the police officers to intervene.
‘’They had erected nine tents and mobilized people to attend in large numbers. They had also planned and hired a brass band to lead their procession from Namirembe up-to-the venue,’’ Onyango says explaining that they also tried advising the organizers to put in place all the necessary health guidelines but they still refused to comply.
Onyango also, said that social distancing was not taken into action and yet most of the party members were unmasked with only a few of them wearing the masks properly.
As a way forward, Onyango further explained that the officers present requested the party members to vacate the venue in peace but they refused and decided to aim attacks at them. The police in reiteration fired teargas to disperse them off.
‘’They refused to comply. They went ahead to organize the function without considering social distancing, the majority had no masks although a few were putting on but in the wrong way. This was going to be a breeding ground for COVID-19. We talked to them again and they decided to leave the venue but later on. They reorganized and came attacking police we responded by firing teargas to disperse them,’’ Onyango added.
He, however, rubbished allegations that have been making rounds on different social media platforms about the police firing rubble bullets at the group.
Onyango also made it clear that there were also no injuries but they have arrested and detained two suspects at the Old Kampala Police Station concerning the scandal.
‘’Police did not use rubble bullets during the operation and there were no injuries. Two suspects have been arrested and they are being detained at Old Kampala Police Station on charges of disobedience of lawful orders.’’