Scores arrested in night raid on bars

By Benjamin Mwibo

More than 1,000 people were arrested in a Saturday night raid on bars conducted by the police in and around Kampala.

A statement released by the deputy police spokesman for the Kampala metropolitan area, Luke Owoyesigire indicates 1,100 patrons were arrested in operation intended to enforce the Covid-19 restrictions.

“The aim was to raid bars that have been working in total disregard of the Ministry of Health guidelines,” Owoyesigire said.

Bars and nightclubs are some of the sectors of the economy that have not been allowed to operate since March 2020 when President Yoweri Museveni announced a lockdown to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Quite a number have however been operating illegally, playing low volume music or silent disco so as not to attract the police’s attention.

According to Owoyesigire, some of the 1,100 suspects were found smoking shisha.

In addition, over 50 motor vehicles were impounded.

“We retaliate that bars are not yet opened.
Police will not hesitate to arrest any suspects found violating stipulated guidelines. All suspects arrested will be produced in courts of law on offences of doing a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease,” Owoyesigire said.

The operation came a day before a presidential address that is likely to come with more stringent measures to check the progress of the pandemic that is once again threatening Uganda’s economy.

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