NEWS– Territorial commanders have been tasked and reminded to enforce COVID-19 measures ahead of tertiary institutions reopening which is slated for 1st November 2021.
CP Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police spokesperson revealed that as they head into the month of November where they expect all tertiary institutions to open for college and University students, the force is already noticing an increase of certain behaviours and activities that are in total violation of the COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Enanga stressed that there are so many individuals and groups in the country who are not bothered at all about the threats of COVID-19.
According to the spokesperson, this has been further compounded by acts of laxity and selective enforcement by a few commanders motivated by selfish motives especially on bars and entertainment places.
He noted that other areas of selective policing are on the curfew enforcement, bodabodas and the 70% capacity limits on taxis and buses which he said is dangerous due to the potential of re-transmission that can lead a new surge in COVID-19 rates.
CP Enanga noted with concern that it is painful that acts of criminality have taken place when curfew is supposed to be in full force the acts he said endanger the lives of Ugandans stressing that such cannot be tolerated.
“As part of our collaborate effort and support to the Ministry of Health, all territorial commanders have been seriously warned and reminded to fully enforce the COVID-19 prevention guidelines and SOPs in their areas of responsibility. They have to ensure the curfew restrictions are fully adhered to and that all bars and entertainment places remain closed.”, CP Enanga added.
Enaga also tasked the commanders to reactivate all Regional Alert Squads and step up the issuance of penalties, fines and charging defaulters to court.
The spokesperson warned people who are still gathering, partying during curfew hours or conducting themselves and their businesses in a reckless manner stressing that the police will respond and handle them appropriately.
According to him, the public should know that the primary purpose of enforcement is not to punish them but it is unavoidable where the public has failed to realise the importance of voluntary compliance and use of common sense which is critical in stemming the spread of COVID-19 in our country.
Enanga called for vigilance and collective efforts among Ugandans to do everything within their means to protect themselves, their families, friends and the community against the spread of COVID-19.