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Uganda Police arrests teachers for defying the president’s order on gatherings

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Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy police spokesperson.

Several teachers and pupils at Daffodil Primary School and Kabojja Junior School, Kitante branch have been arrested for defying President Museveni’s order on gatherings.

Last week, the president ordered all schools and other public places of gather to close for a period of 32 days to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, on Monday, Kira road police led by the DPC, Michael Kasigire swung into action to raid the schools after being alerted of gatherings.

Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson said that 53 teachers were found gathered at Daffodil whereas at Kabojja Junior School, there were 21 teachers and five pupils. He added that investigations indicate that the five children had come to do interviews.

He noted out that teachers and parents are currently recording statements at Kira road police station after which they will be cautioned and asked to return home.

Luke Owoyesigyire appealed to the public not to be tempted to allow any students or pupils access the premises because any form of gatherings was banned. “We ask school heads. Let us follow the guidelines by the president on preventing the spread of coronavirus”, Owoyesigyire said.

President Museveni explained that it is in the interest of the citizens’ health that they avoid gatherings which would be a fertile ground for the coronavirus to spread.

Okoth Ochola , the Inspector General of Police, ordered all police commanders and units to ensure they enforce Museveni’s order with immediate effect.

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