The police have arrested one Emmanuel Muwema, a doctor attached to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital and two others for allegedly staging a street party in violation of the curfew time and COVID-19 preventive measures.
On Saturday evening, Muwema allegedly parked his vehicle registration number, UBG 997H along Iganga road in southern division in Jinja city and turned up music where they partied and took beers together with 30 others.
Police arrested Muwema together with two other suspects identified as Moses Mpaka and Marvin Mukoka in a crackdown against essential workers misusing their movement permits.
The trio is in custody at Kiira central police station. Meanwhile, Muwema is also accused of assaulting security officers as he tried to flee from arrest.
Prior to the arrests on Saturday, police had impounded Muwema’s vehicle during the general security crackdown earlier within the day. He, however, convinced the officers that he was heading out to get treatment for asthma.
However, in an operation led by Jinja Resident City Commissioner, David Matovu and Kiira region Police commander, Dauda Hiriga, security impounded 15 vehicles, which had turned into mini bars past the curfew time.
Muwema has denied all the accusations, saying that he parked along the street as he waited for food from a neighboring eatery and did not have prior arrangements with the people who surrounded his vehicle.
Maurice Niyonzima the acting Kiira Central Police Commander says that they have charged the suspects with three counts of assault, engaging in acts likely to spread a contagious and violation of the presidential directives in COVID-19 prevention.