By Spy Uganda
Kampala: According to the statement dated 19th/June/2021 issued by CP Fred Enanga who is the Police Spokesperson, they have arrested their driver identified as Sgt/Driver Christopher Opio, for misuse of a police van, after he diverted it for his personal duties.
Opio’s arrest came after he was captured on a video which went viral, transporting passengers to Kampala, against the new Presidential guidelines and Ministry of Health SOPs.
Police says, ”we strongly condemn the actions of our driver, which serves to undermine our enforcement efforts in the fight against COVID-19 in the country.”
The driver was immediately tracked down, as soon as the video footage came to police’s attention, and arrested from as far as Kole District, enroute to his home District in Alebtong. ”Police also also want to provide maximum assurance to the public that we deal robustly with all forms of indiscipline in the force,” says Enanga.
He is being charged with scandalous behaviour, which attracts a dismissal, disobedience of lawful orders and acting negligently in a manner likely to spread the virus.
The force adds that the shameful act is also in direct contrast with their fleet management protocols, where all police drivers are as a MUST directed to park their vehicles at their work stations. ”The errant driver who is attached to the Public Relations Department, did not adhere to the Force instructions,” says police.
”We want to thank the public for recording and sharing the video on such acts of gross misconduct by officers. The UPF, is a disciplined force, which does not condone any misuse of its fleet, more so during a critical period of the pandemic, where a good percentage of our fleet including buses, lorries, vans and motorcycles are redirected towards the enforcement of the anti-covid 19 measures,” says Enanga.