Crime

EBOLA: LINK BUS IMPOUNDED, THREE ARRESTED

By Our Reporter

KASSANDA: The territorial police in Kassanda have impounded link bus registration number UBE 535H at Kigarama stage, Myanzi Sub County in Kassanda district.

ASP Kawala Racheal, the Wamala Region Police Spokesperson, says the bus was impounded on Monday.

According to her, the preliminary facts indicate on 17/10/2022 at about 0600hours, Link bus left Bundibugyo District with 58 passengers for Kampala.

While on the way, the bus driver stopped the Bus at Kigarama Stage, Kigarama parish, Myanzi subcounty Kassanda District and picked two passengers contrary to the guidelines issued by the ministry of health against the fight of Ebola.

Kawala says that the passengers were later identified as bus Inspectors one Mwesigwa Nelson together with his colleague Opio Samuel attached to Hopper Bus that wanted a short distance lift to Mityana town.

”The bus was intercepted by our officers that were patrolling the highway, three suspects are in custody. Relevant statements have been recorded,” she said.

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The police mouthpiece adds that exhibit link bus UBE 535H has been recovered and currently parked at Myanzi police.

”Case of neglect likely to spread infectious disease to wit ebola has been registered. Inquiries are ongoing,” she said.

President Museveni imposes lockdown, curfew

On Saturday, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced a lockdown and curfew in the districts of Mubende and Kassanda for 21 days over the Ebola virus.

The directive also included public, private transport and boda bodas which are not permitted to move in the two districts but only cargo vehicles.

“Public and private vehicles crossing through Mubende and Kassanda districts are permitted to move with police clearance but not permitted to stop and pick people. Don’t stop but just drive through. Don’t drop or pick anybody.”

He said cargo trucks with one driver and turn boy will be allowed to drop goods in the two districts, adding that these will only do it during the day.

The schools however remained open but strict hygiene measures like washing of hands at entrance were followed.

“If any child misses school, the head teacher should inform health officials. All children, teachers and staff in contact with a person or child with signs and symptoms of Ebola should stay home.”

He directed that all places of worship , bars, places of entertainment, cinema halls, gyms and saunas are closed in the two districts whereas all burials whether of Ebola or not will be done by specific burial teams.

According to the president, the move to have a lockdown and curfew in the two districts was necessitated by failure of locals to adhere to directives and advice by the Ministry of Health.

He however noted these are temporary measures aimed at ending Ebola, noting that if adhered to, the spread of the virus will be contained.

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