Kampala. The Police Director of Operations Edward Ochom has ordered the arrest of all commanders not enforcing the Covid-19 guidelines.
Ochom said he has instructed the commander Alert Squad Unit to make impromptu visits to areas under the command of particular officers and apprehend whoever will be found not enforcing the standard operating procedures.
Ochom said a meeting has been held at police headquarters where it has been resolved that to curtail the spread of Covid-19, commanders need to be strict on ensuring Covid-19 directives are implemented.
“We have resolved that our Alert Squad commander and his team make spontaneous visits and arrest all commanders who have become reluctant to enforce Covid-19 guidelines. All errant commanders must be arrested,” Ochom said.
Ochom’s directive to arrest police commanders comes at the time when the force is mourning the death of Kira Road police commander, Matthias Turyasingura who succumbed to Covid-19 on Tuesday night.
Turyasingura who was buried yesterday in Kigezi sub-region reportedly contracted Covid-19 during the swearing of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. He later took himself to Mulago hospital with breathing difficulties until he was pronounced dead. Turyasingura had been vaccinated against Covid-19 a month back.
Ochom said wireless transmissions have been sent to commanders at all levels to ensure Covid-19 orders are implemented without fail. Police have been directed to ensure no boda bodas and vehicles are on roads after 6 pm and 9 pm respectively. Pedestrians, riders, drivers and passengers not wearing masks according to the new orders must be stopped from proceeding with their journeys.
“Discipline is important if we’re to fight Covid-19. Everybody must respect Covid-19 guidelines. If people are found not respecting these guidelines, the commanders will be answerable. No excuse must be given. If it is curfew time, arrest all the cars and drivers, park them in the nearby playground,” Ochom said.
Taxi and drivers violating Covid-19 guidelines have also been warned. Police said any driver of a public service vehicle defying Covid-19 guidelines including passengers will be arrested.
Motorcycles carrying passengers without masks regardless of the time of the day will be impounded and passengers arrested.
Meanwhile President Yoweri Museveni will be on TV to address the nation on the covid19 situation.
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