Covid-19: Police Impounds 200 Motorcycles, Arrests Riders and Passengers


Some of the impounded motorcycles.
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Police in Kampala Metropolitan has in a Monday crackdown impounded over 200 motorcycles over violation of guidelines on the containment of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

This followed a police operation in which officers arrested both riders and their passengers that were violating Ministry of Health guidelines.

The Ministry of Health issued regulations that riders aren’t supposed to carry passengers since it could lead to spread of the Coronavirus as social distance cannot be observed.

While easing measures on Public transport, President Museveni said boda bodas and tuk tuks will not be allowed to carry passengers but were permitted to do deliveries.

“A boda-boda rider is too close to the passenger and such a situation cannot be accepted. We can’t risk the lives of our people for the sake of business. Boda boda transporting passengers is like having supper with a teaspoon because it carries few people making many trips and overcrowding the city,” Museveni said.

In a statement, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, said several riders and passengers were arrested and detained at various police stations in Kampala Metropolitan Police area.

“The suspects will be charged with disobedience of lawful orders and doing acts likely to spread infectious disease which will serve as a warning to people who continue to defy the regulations om motorcycles, he said.

Onyango appealed to motorcyclists to continue carrying luggage and stop carrying passengers.

While addressing a Presser over the weekend, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba, called for calmness from the public as government is working hard to ensure key sectors including boda bodas are reopened.

“I also want to inform the public that government is working hard to ensure key sectors such as boda bodas, arcades, saloons and places of worship are reopened.

Government has been consulting leaders from these sectors to ensure that proper safety measures are in place when operations resume. Very soon a communication will be made based on the agreed upon measures” said Nabakooba.

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