Uganda security to punish curfew breakers


Boda boda riders waiting for a traffic light signal. Courtesy photo.

Last year, President Museveni pardoned Ugandans who were arrested beyond curfew time, and directed police to release their cars or motorcycles.

Kampala 2, March 2021: Uganda announced its first curfew nearly a year ago last year in a move to control people and spread of Covid-19.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced curfew time from 9:00pm to 6:30am daily, this enforcement would be extended.

With January 14 presidential and parliamentary elections being contested by Bobi Wine who has recently said he’s taking it to ‘Court of Public Opinion’ after instructing his lawyers to withdraw a petition before Supreme Court, sources say such utterance incites public to storm streets for protest.

And with such threats, nobody knows when it will be removed. A police officer, on condition of anonymity told this publication that “curfew will stay on for long”, adding that “security can’t allow civil disobedience and the virus to be spread when curfew can help to a bigger percentage”.

From last year when it was put into force until end of the year (2020), thousands of Ugandans who broke curfew time were arrested; drivers and riders had their cars and motorcycles seized by police.

Speaking yesterday, the Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enaga warned people intending to break curfew.

“The curfew enforcement will continue this week, with penalties for those found breaching the rules, including charging them under section 117 of the PCA for negligent acts likely to spread an infectious disease and disobedience of lawful orders.”

Last year, Mr Museveni pardoned Ugandans who were arrested beyond curfew time, and directed police to release their cars or motorcycles.


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