Lockdown: Police Engage in Running Battles with Kampala’s Defiant Traders

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Police in Kampala has Saturday afternoon been involved in running battles with traders and people who had turned up to do business as usual in Kampala.

Some traders, especially those who operate small businesses in downtown, had defied the presidential directive on lockdown and opened their shops despite the ban on public gatherings in the city.

Police was this afternoon seen using force to break up gatherings and also bundle up merchandise that had been displayed by vendors on the different streets of the city.

In Kiseeka market, anti-riot police has been deployed and it has been established that security is yet to reinforce its men on ground since the number of people defying the President’s orders is overwhelming.

Some of the traders who spoke to this website said they don’t know how they are going to survive while not working due to the pandemic.

President Museveni on Friday night imposed a second lockdown in the country to contain the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic.

He ordered the closure of activities in the central business district, Kikuubo and also suspended public and private transport.

Some of the roadblocks mounted by police to enforce inter district travel restrictions in Northern Uganda. Photo by Arafat Nzito

“All cross boundary district and inter district movement of public transport and private vehicles and bodabodas is hereby suspended for 42 days starting today. No movement of public transport, bodabodas or even private vehicles,” he said.

The joint security agencies led by police on Saturday started enforcing the presidential directive banning all public and private transport across the country.

Several road blocks have been mounted on major roads across the country to deter people from crisscrossing districts.

Only cargo trucks, emergency vehicles and government vehicles are allowed to move with a regulated number of passengers.

Source – ChimpReports

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