The Joint Security Task Force –JTF put in place to implement President Yoweri Museveni’s directives on containing the spread of Covid19 have arrested 60 people on the first night of the curfew.
At a joint media address, Superintendent of Police –SP Patrick Onyango and Lt Col Henry Obbo, the Joint Task Force was extremely happy that most people respected the curfew because they were in their homes by 7 pm.
Onyango said even people who were found on the way after the clocking of the curfew hour were left to reach their respective homes because they gave genuine reasons why they had delayed.
Onyango and Obbo said those who were arrested tried to fight security personnel while others adamantly refused to respect the curfew.
Security forces cited a man who was shot at Wakiso when he tried to confront an armed police officer. The public has been urged to respect the curfew as it is intended to curb the spread of Covid-19 but not to curtail their liberties.
Museveni on Monday announced a two weeks’ curfew starting from 7 pm to 6:30 am. Obbo and Onyango urged the public to ensure that they reach their respective homes in time to avoid being arrested by security agencies.
Security official attributed the low numbers of arrested errant members of the public to sensitization through community policing and media programs. In addition to 60 arrested for defying curfew, Uganda People’s Defence Forces –UPDF, Uganda Police Force –UPF and Local Defence Unit –LDUs impounded 15 cars.
Covid-19 has so far infected 87, 7744 worldwide, fatalities stand at 43569. In Uganda, 44 people have been infected with Covid19. Health ministry has said all Uganda victims are still in stable health condition.
Joint Task Force was established last week by the Uganda National Security Council to help health ministry in implementing Museveni orders. The team is commanded by Deputy Chief of Defence Forces –Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi deputized by Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda.