Unlike the previous COVID-19 lockdown last year, where only motorists were screened at various checkpoints, security will this time round also screen pedestrians heading to the city.
According to Police, this is part of the measures to ensure that people do not move aimlessly, which might lead to congestion and spread of COVID-19.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said all pedestrians are required to carry documents to justify why they are moving to town and on the city streets.
He noted that they have noticed the increasing movement of pedestrians to the city, yet most of the businesses were closed.
“This is dangerous. The lockdown was effected for people to stay in their homes and avoid crowding,” he said.
Enanga was addressing journalists during a joint security briefing at the Police headquarters in Naguru, a Kampala suburb, on Monday.
SCREENING OF PEDESTRIANS
Enanga said they have set up more checkpoints on all entry points into the city and at various junctions to ensure that all those entering the city are screened.
“Our officers have been directed to screen all motorists and road users, including pedestrians, to ensure they are part of the essential workers,” he said.
Enanga noted that according to their intelligence, some elements from the Opposition are trying to incite traders, especially in Kampala, to open their businesses despite the lockdown directive, especially in Kikuubo and shopping malls.
“These meetings are conducted in markets under the guise of sensitising the public on the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs). But with the number of people hospitalised and dying from COVID-19, it is imperative that no one seeks political gains from this crisis. Any attempt to downplay the crisis we are facing will only lead to more loss of lives and an increase in hospitalisation,” he added.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga, was on Sunday blocked from visiting markets in Masaka city to distribute items for protection against COVID-19.
Enanga said they have instructed all territorial commanders and the joint taskforce to have a hands-on approach against illegal protests.
been trained on how to verify the barcode of each sticker. We are going to ensure the ban on movement is enforced,” he added.
According to Enanga, last week Police arrested 857 people for flouting the directives and 600 motor vehicles were impounded. Out of these, 493 were issued with express penalty tickets (EPS), which they paid in the bank and were later released, while 107 are still being held.
A total of 2,762 motorcycles were also impounded, out of which 2,043 were issued with EPS tickets, which they paid. A total of 332 are still being held, pending clearance.
ATTACKS ON SECURITY PERSONNEL
At the same briefing, the Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, said there were continued attacks on security officers during curfew time.
She cited an incident that took place on June 14 at around 8:00pm along Bukasa Road in Wakiso district, where a group of youth pelted the forces with stones as they conducted night patrol. The forces fired bullets and dispersed the youth.
Byekwaso said on the same day at around 2:00am, one Asuman Musoke tried to attack a security offi cer to grab his gun, but was overpowered and arrested. He is being detained at Kakiri Police Station, pending investigations.
However, she regretted an incident in which a soldier, identifi ed as Pt. Denis Ongulu and attached to the Mountain Guard Battalion, shot a bodaboda cyclist in Kabarole. She said the deceased, identified as John Atungoza, had tried to force his way through a roadblock and in the process knocked the soldier.
“When the private got up, he shot to disable Atugonza as he was trying to run away, and in the process wounded him.
Unfortunately, Atungoza was pronounced dead shortly after at Buhinga Hospital,” Byekwaso said.
She called on the public to refrain from attacking security personnel.
“We also urge the security personnel to follow the necessary procedure before shooting, as guided by the Commander-inChief. The detectives are investigating the private, who is also undergoing treatment for the injuries he sustained, to see if there is any case against him,” Byekwaso noted.