The Joint Security Taskforce on Covid-19 has named 25 shopping complexes in Kampala that are not following the directives issued by the government through the Ministry of Health, to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga named the culprits that now face sanctioning as follows; Nansamba arcade, E Tower, Superior complex, Sun City plaza, Zainabu Aziza plaza, Mini Price plaza, Kasiiwukira plaza, Qualicell House, God’s Grace arcade, Majestic plaza, Rafic arcade, Ssembatya arcade, White House arcade, Qualicel arcade, French plaza, Total plaza, Shamba arcade, Trade Link Complex, Trans Nile Link plaza, Boost House, Rutunga House, Kabale arcade, Batia Towers, Skylight arcade and Shauriako plaza.
“We are generating this report to ensure that sanctions are taken against them and we are coming up with this new arrangement of naming and shaming,” Enanga said.
The standard operating procedures (SOPs) that the government issued to arcades before they were allowed to open include providing handwashing facilities, using temperature guns to check everybody entering the premises, and enforcing the wearing of face masks and social distancing among others.
Enanga also said that police are going to intensify their operations in arresting and impounding motor vehicles and bodabodas that are flouting the rules. Last week, police in Kampala Metropolitan Area impounded 1,363 bodabodas for not following SOPs such as not carrying more than one passenger and moving past the 6 pm curfew time.
Enanga also credited other city arcades like Mukwano mall, Mackay mall, Equatorial mall, Tropical plaza, Sanana supermarket, Kooki tower, Urban supermarket, Mabirizi plaza, Collins books, and media center, Prism Plaza, Arua park plaza, People’s plaza, Modern Shoplex, Kati Kati plaza, Zaid plaza, Green House Shops, King Fahad plaza, Titanic plaza, London Chambers, Prime Complex, Monday Towers, The Mall, Ivory plaza, Mutaasa Kafeero plaza, Bamako House, Namaganda plaza, Master Electronic plaza, Sure House, Tweze plaza and Grand Corner House for following the SOPs in the fight against coronavirus.
Police’ heightened vigilance comes at a time when the country is registering an unprecedented number of people getting infected with the coronavirus. This comes at a time when Uganda’s cumulative cases have surpassed the 3,000 marks, according to the Ministry Of Health’s daily reports.