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Police arrest 15 bar, hotel owners in Valentine’s operations

Okema said most of the bars are operating illegally, saying that President Yoweri Museveni had not okayed reopening of places like bars and night discos.

GULU, UGANDA:- Police in Gulu city have confirmed the arrest of 15 staff, management and owners of bars and hotels in Gulu City for staging night discos on Valentine’s Day.

The management and proprietor of bars and hotel were arrested for organizing entertainment and night disco, which is against Ministry of Health guidelines meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River region police spokesperson said in the evening, they carried out an operation on February 14, 2021 and they arrested 15 staff and management of Buganda Pub, Password, Northern Pearl (former Wall Ville), Indoors, New Bus terminal among others.

“We carried out the operation following the advertisement we saw on social media about the Valentine’s Day celebrations, yet they are not permitted to carry out normal business activities as per the guidelines from ministry of health.”

Okema said most of the bars are operating illegally, saying that President Yoweri Museveni had not okayed reopening of places like bars and night discos.

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“Many people are forgetting about COVID-19, most people do not have masks, do not sanitize their hands, do not keep social distancing and do not respect curfew time, yet the pandemic is not over,” Okema remarked.

He said some of the staff were given police bonds and their files were taken to the Resident State Attorney for advice on charge of doing a negligence act likely to cause spread of Corona virus.

On a similar note, Okema revealed that they carried out another operation and arrested 16 street goons over of simple robbery, assault, theft and burglary.

He said they arrested 11 goons from Olayi Ilong in Library parish in Bar Dege –Layibi division and two from Aywe in Tegwana parish, Pece –Laroo division in Gulu City and one of the notorious street goons, Oola who has five files on cases of simple robbery, theft, assault, and burglary. 


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