Over 2000 people arrested, more than 1000 motor vehicles impounded in COVID-19 operations last week

Posted: 2021-07-13T10:28:32Z
Over 2000 people arrested, more than 1000 motor vehicles impounded in COVID-19 operations last week

A total of 2,180 persons were arrested countrywide last week, for flouting the lockdown and curfew provisions.

According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, 1,280 were cautioned, 215 released on police bond, 73 cases pending, 612 persons were taken to court.

A total of 1,130 motor vehicles were impounded, out of which 691 were issued with EPS tickets, 366 motorists were cautioned, 73 vehicles are parked/unclaimed, a total of 3348 motorcycles were impounded, out of which 2609 were issued with EPS tickets, 480 riders were cautioned and 259 motorcycles still parked/unclaimed.

Enanga says the joint Security Agencies, are on track to continue enforcement of the lockdown, to help slow down the pace of the pandemic, because acts of impatience and complacence are still prevalent within the public.  

He says the boda bodas are steadily carrying passengers especially women.

“We are witnessing an increase in fake patients, excuses of going for vaccination and burials, use of fake stickers, opening of bars, etc.  As a result, we are also devising new tactics of additionally deploying medical teams at check points to counter fake patients, Inspectorate officers to supervise the removal of number plates from non-essential vehicles parked on streets, snap checkpoints etc” Enanga says.

Adding that such reckless behaviors by the COVID offenders will simply increase or delay the presence of the deadly variants in the country.

Last week, the Director Operations also issued a stern warning to territorial commanders, who do not meet the expectations of their job that administrative suctions will be taken against them.

Enanga urged Ugandans to remain patient as the lockdown is coming to an end soon.

“In these remaining 14 days, we urge all Ugandans and visitors to remain vigilant and law abiding.  The case load has remarkably reduced and we expect more improvements. Together we can drive COVID out of Uganda.”