1,604 pedestrians arrested for violating curfew time

President Museveni has declared that the economy will fully reopen in January next year where all COVID-19 restrictions including curfew will be removed and bars that have been under lock and key will resume business.

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Man crossing the road at night. (web photo)

Police records show 1,604 pedestrians were arrested last week across the country for violating curfew hours.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has maintained a 7 pm curfew in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19.

Commissioner of Police (CP ) Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson said today that most of the pedestrians who were arrested were found walking past curfew time.

Enanga explained that many of the pedestrians were cautioned and later released before the weekend while others were released on police bond.

According to data gathered by the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) 1,154 pedestrians were set free after being cautioned, 142 were given police bond, and while 252 who were singled out as repeat offenders were arraigned before courts of law.

“In our curfew operations last week, we arrested a number of pedestrians walking past curfew time. we have 47 files sent to Resident State Attorney (RSA) for perusal and legal advice,” said Enanga.

Police collected more than 114million shillings from Express Penalty Schemes (EPS) tickets given to errant drivers during curfew time. The fines emanated from driving without permits, lack of third party while other drivers were found drunk. More than 1,000 cars were fined Shs100,000 or more.

Similarly, 2,798 motorcyclists were fined for riding past curfew hours. Only 475 were pardoned while 204 motorcycles are still being held at various police stations. In Kampala Metropolitan, Old Kampala, Katwe and Kawempe police stations are often crowded with impounded Boda-bodas.

The riders have often accused police of extorting money from them in the guise of implementing curfew hours. Many of the riders who are talking to Uganda Radio Network says they are always charged Shs20,000 to Shs50,000 in order to regain their motorcycles.

President Museveni has declared that the economy will fully reopen in January next year where all COVID-19 restrictions including curfew will be removed and bars that have been under lock and key will resume business.

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