Up to 12 taxi touts in Kabale were on Monday arrested by police for defying the guidelines put in place by the government to combat the spread of Covid19.
The operation that was carried out by police in partnership with the management of Kabale Taxi park.
The suspects were picked from the Kabale-UNRA Taxi Park and Butobere junction on Monday morning at around 9am
Police named them as Mathias Niwamanya, Peter Akandwanirira, Emmanuel Akampa, Arnold Dason Munanura, Moses Sekyanzi, Gaston Kabudwire, Paskari Nkirirehe, Julius Muzoora, Julius Asasire, Benson Taremwa, Wiclef Asiimwe and Frank Kato.
In June this year while easing the Covid19 lockdown, President Yoweri Museveni allowed public transport to resume, but banned brokers and touts in taxi and bus parks to reduce on the congestion as one of the measures to prevent and fight the spread of the pandemic.
Andrew Byamukama, the park manager of Kabale Taxi Park said that ever since President Museveni opened public transport, the brokers kept a deaf ear and continued to come in taxi parks.
Byamukama, says that as a way of reducing congestion in taxi parks, they decided to work with police to ensure that all brokers who have failed to adhere to the presidential directive are arrested and disciplined.
Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson says the suspects who were picked from the parks were not only flouting the COVID-19 directives issued by President Museveni, but were also accused of grabbing and stealing passenger’s properties.
Maate says the operations will continue until the public adhere to the presidential directives.