Panic, Confusion AS Residents Rush to Beat Curfew
For the first time since guns fell silent more than a decade in northern Uganda, a number of major towns and trading centers in the region last evening went silent as the implementation of the nationwide curfew starts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
President, Yoweri Museveni on Monday ordered a 14-day nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
In Kitgum Municipality, there was panic and confusion as traders and residents make last minute sales and purchases to beat the 7pm curfew time.
Armed soldiers deployed to effect the directives started chasing traders and motorists from the markets, shops and streets as early as 5:20pm.
In Gulu town, the authority of Gulu main market closed doors at 5pm and several market vendors were seen rushing back home.
At Lacor trading center, traders and shoppers scampered for their dear lives at the sight of a police truck which was heading towards Gulu town on Gulu-Atiak highway.
However, Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River region police spokesperson cautioned residents to be home by 7pm to void falling victims of the curfew.
At least 44 people have so far tested positive for the deadly disease in Uganda since its outbreak a week ago, according to the Health Ministry.