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COVID-19, Dozens Arrested For Defying Presidential Directive

A businessman in Gulu was on Thursday arrested for punching a female police for enforcing the suspension on the sale of non-food commodities as part of the preventive measures against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Denis Obalim was picked up by heavily armed police officers from his shop along Ring Road on Tegwana Parish, Pece Division.

Obalim resisted orders by police officers to close his premises and order five people who were inside out.

Instead, he became violent and consequently punched a female constable who was standing next to him sending her to the ground.

Unidentified Security Operative Apprehending Hawker in Gulu Town

Police also arrested Jackson Opwonya and Hellen Opwonya, the directors of St Pope John Paul II College Laliya in Gulu district for holding public meeting in defiant of the presidential directive banning public gathering.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region police spokesperson says the two were charged with disobedient of lawful order.

On Wednesday evening, the president suspended public transport to prevent people from traveling from their current locations for fear of transmitting the virus to others areas.

To that effect, up to 47 passengers that include 24 Ugandans and 23 nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who were travelling in a Horizon Bus registration number UAM 895-H heading to Kisoro from Kampala were arrested.

171 Taxis were also impounded in Kampala for defying President Museveni’s ban on public transport.

Woman Boarding Taxi in Gulu

Reports have also emerged that a number of errant boda boda taxi operators in Nwoya district are using Panya roads to evade being apprehended for defying presidential directive on ban on public transport.

Nwoya resident district commissioner Akello Agnes Ebong says law enforcement officers have been notified to take note of such errant boda boda taxi operators.

Akello Agnes Ebong

The president also suspended public gathering in churches, cultural events, music shows and bars.

However reports have also emerged that a number of bars were operating behind closed doors in defiant of the presidential directive

In Gulu district, the concerns were registered in the suburbs of major towns and the trading centers including Cwero in Gulu district among others.

10 bar operators were picked from Kalongo town council in Agago district after they were found operating in defiant of the directive.

Thomas Amone, the Assistant town clerk Kalongo town council says the suspects were all handed over to police for appropriate action.

The president also directed that each ministry and government departments should work out a plan of sending non-essential staff home.

To that effect, Nwoya district Information officer Axuma says the district has send on leave 80% of its non-essential staff.

Meanwhile, Government has deployed spy agencies to trace for all people who returned to the country recently evading quarantine.

The team comprises operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI, Internal Security Organisation –ISO and Crime Intelligence Unit- CIU.

In addition to spy teams, at least 200 military police personnel have been assigned to guard the established quarantine centers 24/7 so that suspects do not escape.

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