RDC orders for immediate closure of Bars and Lodges

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KANUNGU- The Kanungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner (DRDC) Ahimbisibwe Gad Rugaju has ordered the Police to immediately arrest anyone found operating a bar or lodge in the District without fear or favor.

Mr. Rugaju emphasized that according to the Presidential directive, bars and lodges are not allowed to operate as a measure to stop the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. 

Rugaju made the remarks while meeting the Restaurant and Bar owners from Kihihi Town Council on Wednesday 24th February 2021 at Kihihi Town Council offices.

Rugaju who is one month old in this office said that it had come to his concern that people in Kanungu district have relaxed curfew guidelines and other standard operating procedures which were announced by the President.

He emphasized that orders from the president are never discussed and so being the president’s representative, he has to do his work without compromise.

The Deputy RDC’s order comes two days after the Police Director of Operations Edward Ochom wrote to all Regional and District Police Commanders directing them to enforce curfew timeline.

In the communication dated Feb 22nd 2021, which this Online Publication accessed, Ochom said that it has come to the Police notice that some bars are opened and protected by members of the security and this must stop.

“You are instructed to immediately start enforcing Coronavirus guidelines and make snap checks enforcing curfew and also carry out foot and motorized patrols” Ochom wrote in his communication.

Ochom warned that alert squads will be sent out and action will be taken against the Police officers who will not abide by the directives.

However the Mayor Kihiihi Town Council Zephar Mugisha who attended the meeting asked the Deputy RDC to at least relax the orders since this was most of the people’s way to earn their living, but the Deputy RDC said that he can’t bend the rules.

During the meeting, one of the bar operators, Byamukama Gad who operates Africana Hotel asked the Deputy RDC to also meet the owners of the houses and landlords and strike a balance since most of them have continued to ask for rent at normal rate.

The meeting was also attended by the Town Clerk Kihihi Town Council Allen Nahumuza, Officer in Charge of Police Station Pius Asiimwe , GISO Kihihi Town Council Deus Twine among many others.

Additional Reporting by Sam Wenyine.