By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Police have arrested over 329 people in their operations around Kampala during Christmas. According to a police statement released today,27 December 2020, Katwe Police is holding about 147 people who were arrested in areas of Namasuba, Nateete among others for flouting COVID-19 guidelines as put in place by the ministry of health to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
Luke Owesigyire the deputy police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan police noted that the arrested people were found in various bars like Happy Boyz Namasuba, New Best Hotel Nateete, and many others.
”The suspects were found operating against the Ministry of Health guidelines and violating the curfew as well and they are currently held at Katwe Police on allegations of engaging in a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease contrary to section 171 of the Penal Code Act and will appear in court on Monday 28/12/2020,” he said.
In similar operations, Kira Division Police has also arrested 182 people and currently in their custody awaiting charges of violating Covid-19 guidelines
Owoyesigyire further warned the general public and bar owners to be cautious about the Covid-19 guidelines and enforce them in order to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
”We warn bar owners that operations to enforce guidelines against the spread of Coronavirus are on and those found operating bars in contravention of the fight against COVID-19 will be dealt with in accordance with the law”. he said
Earlier this week, the Inspector-General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola warned the general public to be cautious about violating the night curfew that runs between 9pm to 6am, adding that the culprits will be dealt with the necessary punishments as provided by the law.
In the same vein, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson further warned drivers not to drink and drive to avoid accidents that tend to be on the rise during the festive season adding that they have already deployed enough personnel on highways and towns to enforce compliance with all COVID-19 guidelines and mostly the curfew time.