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Police Warn Arcade Owners, Traders against Staging Lockdown Demonstrations

Police on Friday came out and revealed that they have learned about an ongoing plan by Kampala city arcade owners and traders to stage demonstrations against the continued lockdown on their businesses, a move regarded to be “wrong.”

This was noted by Police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga in a security briefing held at Uganda Media Center in Kampala.

“We are all aware that all arcades are still under lockdown but the business persons and proprietors are clandestinely sending SMSs to the business owners encouraging them to come out and protest so that they can pile pressure on the government, that’s very wrong,” he said.

According to Police, Government has a calculated phased approach and considerations are being taken for those who work from arcades.

Recently, government said that they want to see the rate and evaluate the evidence of the virus within the community first.

The law enforcement body also pointed out that the same illegal drive is taking place in non-food item markets in Kampala such as St. Balikudembe market commonly known as Owino.

Enanga told pressmen that they have obtained intelligence that some of the leaders in Owino market are using WhatsApp texts to incite those dealing in non-food items such as second-hand clothes to demonstrate yet a ban from non-essential traders has not been lifted yet.

He encouraged them to hold on until the appropriate time.

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“If you’re a leader in this period, you should be able to control and manage the people you lead and safeguard them from coronavirus instead of inciting them,” Enanga said

Although the mobilization has been ongoing, Police warned that the demos will be crashed as soon as they are staged. Traders have been advised not to lose hope because preparations are in place to have restrictions lifted on their businesses and activities.

Relatedly, Police contained taxi drivers who were trying to stage demos due to the frustrations involved in the ongoing registration process of all public service motor vehicles.

The drivers were demanding the removal of the new protocols in the public transport system.

The law enforcement body says that the objective of these protocols is to benefit both the operators and the wider public whom they transport.

“At the end, Police contained and harmonized them after taking their records which will help us track them when they repeat,” said Enanga

 

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