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Fifty arrested in crackdown on bar night operations

50 people were last night arrested from the Garage Bar located in Ntinda.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | At least 50 people are detained in police cells in Ntinda after they were arrested drinking in a bar last night in total contravention of the Ministry of Health guidelines against the spread of coronavirus.

Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said that the suspects were picked up in one bar called Garage located in Ntinda-Kigowa zone in the ongoing night operations of raiding bars that are still operating.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni acting on advice from the ministry of health last year declared a 6pm and 9pm curfew for motorcyclists and drivers respectively and all entertainment as well as leisure places like bars and discos  were closed.

“We arrested about 50 people and they are currently detained at different stations in the division, they were found drinking inside bars, police will not hesitate to arrest any suspects found violating stipulated guidelines,” said Owoyesigyire”.

Over the weekend, police conducted similar night operations in Nansana, Makindye, Natete and Namugongo, Kira and Mukono areas. According to police, a total of 1,100 suspects were arrested in 36 bars.

Police says that all suspects arrested will be produced in courts of law on offences of doing a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease.

On Sunday, the government announced several measures including closure of schools, suspension of religious gatherings and transport between districts for about 42 days.

Fred Enanga said all commanders were directed by the Inspector General of Police-IGP to step up their operations against violators of all Ministry of Health standard operating procedures and President Museveni’s directives in place to curb the spread of the virus with immediate effect.

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