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COVID19 CURFEW: ARMY WARNS HOOLIGANS BREAKING INTO PEOPLE’S HOMES, THROWING STONES AT GUN-WIELDING OFFICERS

By Mulengera Reporter

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has vowed to deal with criminals masquerading as security officers to break into people’s homes and terrorize citizens during curfew hours.

On Monday, President Yoweri Museveni declared a lockdown, including a curfew that starts from 7pm and ends at 6:30am as a way of preventing the spread of the deadly Covid19 disease for which the country has so far registered 45 cases.

In a statement issued Friday, Army Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said the “rogue elements” engaged in these illegal acts would be arrested and prosecuted.

He also informed members of the general public that “the role of enforcing the curfew lies with the Uganda Police Force (UPF) supported by Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Local Defence Units (LDUs) in Kampala Metropolitan Area covering Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso Districts.”

“No other elements such as Reservists, GISOs, etc. have been enlisted in this important national task. Those being tempted to do so MUST stop forthwith before they are arrested,” cautioned Brig Karemire.

“Security forces on duty have been briefed not to enter people’s homes and compounds purporting to be enforcing the curfew. Enforcement is only limited to restriction of movement beyond home during curfew time i.e. 7pm-6:30am.”

The UPDF mouthpiece also warned “indisciplined people” who have been “attacking security forces on duty,” by among ways “pelting stones at Forces on duty, to stop or risk being “immediately apprehended.”

He also called for “total compliance with all directives and guidance from government” because “this pandemic poses an existential threat” to humanity.

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