Ugandans, mainly those living in urban areas of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono spent their entire Tuesday night on a flogging siesta unleashed by heavily armed forces of the UPDF, LDU, police and military. Wails, screams and gunshots characterized Tuesday night as security forces enforced fresh post-election guidelines.
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Travellers who had were supposed to be chauffeured in public vehicles were forced to brave the night downpour and spend the sleepless night in taxi parks after security forces were forcing drivers out of the vehicles. Several taxis and private vehicles were forcefully impounded and towed to nearby police stations. Police say Ugandans have become complacent about the existing COVID-19 regulations. Boda Boda riders who rode past 18:00hrs were intercepted and arrested. In Kasubi, a low income suburb of Kampala, Rubaga division, a Boda Boda rider was shot by and LDU officer. He was left bleeding profusely by the pavement till an ambulance came and collected him away. Elsewhere in areas like Makindye, gunshots were the order of the night as military was witch hunting those dissenting curfew hours.
The Deputy UPDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki Asiimwe says the army will still be vigilant. “Everything went on well. We shall have more of these security operations even after the inauguration,” Akiiki told media this morning. “In Kololo, the inauguration ceremony is moving on well. We are grateful to the Ugandans for observing our laws,” he adds.
A source inside security says the operations are to likely extend to another week. “Money was availed for these operations. Don’t think soldiers will just leave the streets,” a security source at the rank of Captain told this site.