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Covid19: Anger as Hawkers Freely Access 95 Suspected Patients in Quarantine Hotel

The Kabale RDC Darius Nandinda has ordered the district Internal Security Officer Ronald Kasheija to investigate circumstances under which police officers that were on duty allegedly allowed hawkers to freely interact with 95 people under quarantine at Kirigime Guest House in Kabale municipality.

The 95 people were intercepted on 22nd March, 2020 at Katuna border while crossing to Uganda, following the Presidential directive to close all borders as a way to curb the spread of corona-virus.

These were placed under quarantine at Kirigime guest house for 14 days before theY could be allowed to mix with the rest of society.

During the Kabale district coronavirus task force meeting at the district Rukiiko hall, members tasked the RDC to explain why the security deployed at Kirigime guest house allowed hawkers to interact with people under quarantine, and leave to go back and mix with the rest of the population.

Responding to the concern, RDC Nandinda told the committee that he too had heard about this, bot didn’t have enough information.

As such, the RDC ordered for the four police officers that were on duty on Wednesday to be detained and interrogated to explain how this happened.

Nandinda told the district internal security officer Ronald Kasheija and the Kabale district police commander to investigate the matter.

He added that if it is established that police officers allowed the hawkers to associate with the quarantined people, they will be charged accordingly.

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The RDC also revealed plans to deploy only the army at the quarantine facility.

However, the Kabale District Police Commander Brain Ampaire said that hawkers were allowed in by the hotel administration but not the police officers.

He added that quarantined people are always putting police officers on pressure that they want clothes, barbers and mobile money services. He promised to intensify supervisors to his juniors to ensure that this is stopped.

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