Police in Kumi District arrested several individuals among whom were senior government officials, and civil servants in a night operation.
A statement from the police confirms they rounded up 24 individuals who were found drinking and dancing in a bar of one Apedun Marion based at Northern Division within Kumi Municipality.
The operation of bars in the country is still on hold as health officials find a way the country can work around the spreading coronavirus. More to that effect, curfew is set at 9pm.
They have have been charged Vide CRB 229/29/2020 with Negligence act likely to cause the spread of infectious disease to wit COVID-19 Pandemic contrary to Section 171 of the Penal Code Act.ASP Ongom David Mudong, PRO Kyoga East
6 Civil servants of the 24 arrested were identified as Samuel Obwanga (29), a Veterinary Officer at Kumi Sub-county, Stephen Emuria (38), an Internal Auditor at Kumi Municipality, Emmanuel Olupot (39), an Engineer at Kumi Municipality, Emmanuel Odeke (42), a teacher of Ngora High School, Okanya Benard (38), a civil servant in Kumi Municipality and 30-year-old Moris Kuwen.
Police say they are still searching for the owner of the bar who escaped capture and are working to have the license of the establishment revoked with immediate effect.
“As the Police, we would like to reemphasize that people should not undermine the government and Ministry of health guidelines which have not yet been uplifted regarding the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic. The police shall continue implementing the guidelines which are still in place and those found non compliant shall always be apprehended and charged.”