Gaetano, Hilderman nabbed in KCCA raid on bars flouting COVID-19 guidelines

East Africa has Got Talent Judge, NBS TV and Capital FM show host Gaetano Kaggwa and celebrated musician Hillary Kiyaga aka Dr Hilderman were among several people arrested on Saturday night in an operation by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on bars flouting the guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The joint operation which was conducted with help of the Uganda police, was majorly concetrated in bars around Nakulabye, Bugolobi, and Kitintale saw several bar owners arrested and seals placed on their bars.

Peter Ssetende a KCCA official who was part of the operation noted that they had sensitized some of the revellers and let them go.

Most of the bars were treating the revelers to silent discos and it was hard to notice that there were revellers inside.

He however noted that some elements in the security agencies were frustrating their efforts to rein in errant bar owners and often times tipped them about pending operations.

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“We request the Inspector General of Police to warn his officers against interfering with our operations,” Ssetende noted.

He also noted that bars were some of the fertile grounds for the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango however denied claims of the Police shielding bar owners, noting that they had worked well with KCCA in carrying out operations against errant bars.

In March, President Yoweri Museveni among other measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 ordered the closure of all bars.

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Several other measures have since been lifted with the exception of bars, however, several bars in different parts of Kampala and the country continue operating.

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