Uganda police force commanders have been instructed to immediately resume COVID-19 operations in order to implement the regulations that were put in place by President Yoweri Museveni.
AIGP Edward Ochom the Director Operations has ordered all commanders in Kampala Metropolitan area, Regional Police Commanders (RPCs) and all District Police Commanders (DPCs) to immediately start carrying out snap checks to regulate movements during curfew times and intensify foot and motorized patrols.
According to AIGP Ochom, the curfew and COVID-19 regulations are still in force. However, he has observed that Boda Boda riders are no longer observing the 6PM curfew time and are seen ridding through the night.
“Equally, the M/Vehicles are not observing curfew time of 2100hrs and are seen at all times of the night. Bars have not been allowed to operate, but information pertaining is that some of these bars and discotheques are alleged to be protected by security personnel while in operation” he said.
Ochom argues that these continued activities have enabled crimes to escalate and police has registered an increase in cases of domestic violence, murders and robberies.
“This is the time when crimes should be going down as we still have support of other security agencies and SPCS. You are instructed to immediately implement the COVID-19 regulations, have snap checks to regulate movements during curfew times and intensify foot and motorized patrol” AIGP Ochom added.
Adding that alert squads will be sent out, warning that any officer who will not comply will have actions taken against them.