KAMPALA — A total of 171 cars and 489 boda boda bodas were impounded and at least 24 people were arrested on Thursday for defying the presidential directive on banning public transport in the face of the ongoing battle against coronavirus.
These were arrested and impounded at road blocks set by police and the army.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Mr Patrick Onyango, most of the people arrested were becoming violent and aggressive towards the officers.
“Although majority of the population adhered to the directives there are some indisciplined ones who have attempted to defy the orders. We decided to impound their Motor vehicles, Motorcycles and arrested those violating the directives,” he said.
“In this operation, by 1600 hours, we had impounded 171 motor vehicles (mostly taxis), 489 motorcycles and arrested 10 suspects. The suspects who were arrested, they were violent and aggressive towards Police Officers during the arrest.
These motor vehicles, motorcycles and suspects are at various Police Stations in KMP.”
Mr Onyango revealed that other 14 suspects were arrested around Container village in Central Kampala for attempting to steal from a motor vehicle along Burton street.
“Police was informed and responded and the thieves tried to run away but they were chased up container village where they were arrested,” he said.
“They are currently being detained at CPS Kampala on theft charges.
Generally, apart from the few minor highlighted incidents above, Kampala Metropolitan area is peaceful and business in the the various cleared places is going on smoothly.
The operation continues tomorrow.”