KAMPALAB- The Covid-19 Joint Security Taskforce has threatened to arrest traders in Kikuubo, a trading zone in downtown Kampala, if they continue defying the presidential directives on social distancing
According to police spokesman Fred Enanga, traders in Kikuubo have failed to compel their clients to observe social distancing, wearing of face masks and using sanitisers even as the country continues to register more Covid-19 cases in the community.
Enanga said that traders whose shops in arcades that have not been opened are also turning into another threat because they park trucks in the corridors of Kikuubo and begin transacting business there hence causing a lot of congestion. He said like security, they can’t afford to continue looking on as people’s lives continue to be threatened.
Enanga said their engagement with the leaders of the traders is to see that the situation is reversed peacefully. He, however, says that if they fail to get an amicable settlement, then they will be forced to crack the whip.
At the start of the pandemic in Uganda, cases were imported into the country either by people returning from abroad or by the across the border truck drivers.
The new trajectory of the virus has started to worry the policy leaders to the extent that while launching the distribution of face masks early this week, Dr Ruth Aceng said they might think of recommending the reinstatement of the lockdown.