KAMPALA — Military has arrested thousands of people for violating virus lockdown and curfew orders marking the toughest law enforcement action on offenders.
Uganda entered 14-day lockdown to keep citizens in isolation and curb the spread of coronavirus, which threatens both the economy and human rights.
The army in the night set up hundreds of roadblocks, conducted inspections, and have arrested thousands and impounded Boda Bodas and cars of those who violated the curfew directive.
“Security Forces continue to firmly but legally apprehend those breaking directives in the fight against COVID-19,” army spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire said.
He said on Wednesday 8 Apri 2020 during curfew time, many were arrested and such operations will continue until total victory over the Pandemic is achieved.
“It is a matter of life and death. Stay home and Stay safe. Together we can,” Big. Karemire added.
The President on Wednesday night warned those taking measures put forward by government to halt spread lightly, by trying to beat the lockdown that he will act harshly.
“We are not talking about convenience! So I get surprised when somebody complains — I have been inconvenienced, this and that!” he said during a live address.
“We are trying to stop mass deaths! That’s why we put the 33 measures. It’s a matter of life and death,” the president said.
“In fact I am going to act harshly on those taking these measures lightly,” he noted — warning security personnel especially the Local Defence Unit (LDUs) against misinterpreting his directives.
“Security personnel should handle issues firmly but legally. Beating people is you giving our security forces a bad image! To the whole world. You’re weakening us. That beating which is illegal, pointless, what are you beating 4lfor? This is isolating us internationally and internally.”