KAMPALA – Police in Kampala Metropolitan Area have said riders of bicycles are increasingly disobeying presidential directives on banning public transport in the face of coronavirus.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango, whereas owners of boda bodas and taxis are now obeying the government directives, bicycle riders are now increasingly defying the procedure.
“Most people adhered to the directives but there are a few individuals who are still trying to defy the order,” Mr Onyango said on Friday, March 27.
“However, we have witnessed that people are now trying to defy the directives by using bicycles. When they are about to reach our checkpoints, the passenger gets off the bicycle and walks then they meet after the checkpoint,” he added.
As a result he said that on Friday, March 27, 24 motor vehicles, 06 motorcycles, 01 tuk-tuk and 12 bicycles were arrested.
“We want to urge the general public to continue adhering to the Presidential directives. Together we shall defeat the enemy (Covid19). The operation continues tomorrow,” he said.
On Thursday, 171 vehicles and over 400 boda bodas were impounded for disobeying the directive banning public transport.
On Tuesday, the President banned taxis, boda bodas and buses from operating for two weeks after the country registered five more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number to 14. On Thursday, four more people tested positive, bringing the number to 18.