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18 arrested over defying Presidential orders on COVID-19

The suspects were found at Vision pub gambling and drinking alcohol contrary to directives of the President to avoid gatherings.

Bundibugyo, Uganda | Prossy Nansubuga | Police in Bundibugyo on Saturday 26th June 2020, carried out an operation in and around Vision pub in Nyahuka town council, Bundibugyo district and apprehended 18 persons who were defying the Presidential directives on COVID-19.

The suspects have been charged with being involved in acts likely to spread the infectious pandemic-coronavirus despite directives by Ministry of Health.

According to a statement by the police, the suspects included ordinary and professional Ugandans. Among them were ambulance drivers, lawyers, inspector of schools, human resource officers, veterinary officer, head teacher, physical planner, teachers, and nursing officers.

The group was found with exhibits like gambling cards and various brands of alcohol all which aid
physical contact thus increasing COVID-19 cases.

Police says that the operation will not only stop in Bundibugyo but continue to other areas in the
district.

Meanwhile, still on Friday 26 June, police through its spokesperson Patrick Onyango banned and
vowed to arrest those holding in-house parties as these further the spread of coronavirus.

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