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Uganda: Security arrests four in Natete over de-campaigning government relief food

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A Joint Security team yesterday (Saturday, 4 April 2020) carried an operation and arrested four (04) men over alleged decampaigning of the government relief food distribution for vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 lockdown in Kampala and Wakiso.

The four suspects were nabbed at Mackay road, Natete, Kampala for inciting members of the public who are not eligible to benefit from the food distribution by the Office of the Prime Minister that started yesterday to benefit at least 1.5 million vulnerable individuals and confusing the members of the public that coronavirus doesn’t exist.

Uganda’s Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda (R) receives Cash ($30,000) from Mr Ham (in a white Shite) towards people affected by the lockdown measures aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Bwaise suburb of the capital Kampala, Uganda Saturday, April 4, 2020. Officials on Saturday started distributing food, mostly maize meal, beans and salt, plus milk powder for pregnant women, targeting 1.5 million vulnerable people, most of them slum dwellers, living in the metropolitan area encompassing the capital, which is under lockdown. Centre is the Permanent Secretary Ms Christine Guwatudde. Photo/KMA Updates.

The four – Chief Moses Mbowa Moses , 42, a resident of Lusaze in Lubaga division, Eric Damba, 20, a resident of lungujja Kosovo, Decent Segujja , 30 , resident of Buddo and Nsanja Muhamud, 32 of lungujja kitonzi are currently being detained at Natete police station, pending the completion of the police investigations.

They are detained at Natete  Police Station.We have opened up inquiries against the accused person for doing a negligent act, likely to cause an infection of disease and inciting violence.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman, Patrick Onyango said that When the investigations into the matter are complete, the police shall forward the file to the Resident State Attorney for perusal and advising on the next course of action. If it’s sanctioned, the suspects will be arraigned in court and charged accordingly.

Patrick Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman

“We warn the members of the public to desist from such acts. The police will continue with its operations to weed out such wrong characters in the public during this coronavirus outbreak. Let’s join hands together to fight this pandemic”, Said Mr. Onyango.

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