Police in Kampala has said a total of 50 people including pedestrians and motorists were arrested and 1200 motorcycles impounded on Tuesday night in intensified operations to enforce compliance to curfew and Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson ASP Luke Owoyesigire revealed this in a press statement released on Wednesday morning.
“After intensifying operations on curfew in the Kampala Metropolitan Area, our division police have impounded 1,200 motorcycles and 33 motor vehicles. At least 50 suspects were arrested for failing to comply with the Ministry of Health guidelines against the spread of Covid-19,” said Owoyesigire.
He added that most motorists will be issued with express penalty scheme fines while others will be arraigned in courts of law on allegations of doing negligent acts likely to spread Covid-19.
The law enforcement body passed a warning on Tuesday afternoon that it was going to crackdown on violators of the set covid-19 guidelines and curfew.
“We wish to inform the public and in particular motorists, that despite several reminders, stressing the need for motorists, outside the essential category, to comply with the curfew timings of 6pm for motorcycles/bodabodas; and 9pm, for motorists, we continue to observe an increase in the number of defaulters and violators of the curfew provisions,” police said.
As a result, Police said, they have taken a deliberate decision to aggressively enhance enforcement measures on motorists outside the essential category, who fail to comply.
“We are going to impound all motorcycles/bodabodas beyond the 6pm restricted timing and motor vehicles beyond the 9 pm restricted timing. Additional sanctions will include arrests, fines, and penalties irrespective of whether you are a driver, rider, passenger, or occupant,” police added.