Police in Kabale arrests 46 for flouting presidential guidelines


KABALE– The Police in Kabale district have arrested 46 people for flouting presidential guidelines against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

The majority of them were arrested after they were found in bars drinking alcohol, others in public without wearing face masks, while others were found operating businesses without putting hand washing facilities, which is against the presidential directives that are intended to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The head of police field force unit in Kigezi region Assistant Superintendent of police, Henry Kisembo said that 21 suspects were arrested last night after they were found in bars and 25 suspects were arrested today during an operation which he was commanding.

The suspects were picked from Mwanjari taxi and bus park, former bicycle garage, Bugongi, Kyobugombe and other areas.

Other 25 people were briefly arrested and later released after they were intercepted at Kabale roundabout in a lorry while coming from Nyabushabi heading to Kagarama to attend a burial service, because they were crowded.

Speaking about the operations being carried out, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner Godfrey Nyakahuma said that all the arrested persons are being held at Kabale Central Police Station pending trial before the courts of law.

Nyakahuma says that despite repeated appeals to implement preventive measures so that the disease is reduced, members of the public in Kabale have continued to defy, and many of them are freely congregating in bars and busy centres.

Nyakahuma also said that such operations will continue to be enforced to apprehend those flouting standard operating procedures.


The Kigezi Region police spokesman Elly Maate had recently said that they have intensified operations after finding out that Kabale district was shortlisted by the Ministry of Health, among the 10 alert districts that are likely to register a new wave of Covid-19.