Curfew: army warns operatives breaking into homes

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LDUs patrol Kampala streets

The army has warned security operatives against breaking into people’s homes to reportedly enforce the curfew.

President Museveni on Monday declared a 14-day curfew starting March 31, 2020 in a bid to contain further spread of coronavirus.

Ever since, people have reported how security operatives are breaking into  homes and battering them in guise of enforcing the curfew.

Photos and videos are making rounds on social media showing LDUs and other security personnel battering people in their homes were widely shared in the media.

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Army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, said in a statement Friday that enforcing the curfew in Kampala metropolitan area is done by police, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Local Defence Units (LDU).

“It has come to the attention of the Joint Security Forces that rogue elements are breaking into people’s homes and beating them up while masquerading as security personnel enforcing the curfew,” he said.

He added: “Those being tempted to do so must stop forthwith before they are arrested.”

According to Karemire, GISOs and reservists have not been enlisted in the enforcement of the curfew.

“Enforcement is only limited to restriction of movement beyond home during curfew time,” he said.

He added: “There have been reports of some indisciplined people pelting stones at Forces on patrol. This must stop and anyone doing it will be promptly apprehended. This pandemic poses an existential threat. There is no alternative to total compliance with all directives and guidance from government.”

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