Police has Tuesday clarrified that 242 motorcycles (145 in Kassanda and 77 in Mubende) were impounded for violating the curfew provisions put in place under the directive by President Yoweri Museveni to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease ravaging the area.
The MP for Kasambya County, David Kabanda, last night tweeted that over 1, 000 motorcycles had been impounded on Monday and the owners were required to pay between Shs150, 000 to Shs200, 000 for the release of the bikes.
Police has since denied this. “We are also exploring ways of mitigating the continued influence of disinformation and propaganda towards the enforcement operations aimed at curbing unauthorized movements and the spread of Ebola in the two districts,” the police stated.
On Monday, Kabanda also alleged that drones were also picking people and for one to survive you pay Shs100, 000. This information, he said, had been relayed to by the chairman LC V in in the affected.
On 22nd September, the ministry of health announced a patient, from Madudu village in Mubende district, had died of Ebola at Mubende Regional Referral Hospital.
Mubende has since been gazetted as the Ebola Virus Disease epicenter.
The virus has since been reported in the districts of Kassanda, Kyegegwa and Kagadi. Two cases originating from Mubende district have been reported in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
And to curb the further spread of the Ebola virus, President Museveni on Saturday, with immediate effect, put Mubende and Kasanda district under lockdown and night curfew – people are not allowed to exit from or enter the two districts.
Reports of security officers mistreating people have been reported by the media. This behavior by security personnel is synonymous with what happened during the COVID19 lockdowns killed and extorted from people.
Police spokesperson for Wamala Region, ASP Rachael Kawala, said police in Kassanda had impounded a passenger bus belonging to Link Bus with the number plate UBE 535h at Kigarama stage, Myanzi sub county, Kassanda district loading and offloading passengers contrary to the presidential directives.
The lockdown in the two districts has made movement to schools, work, markets and other places hard.
“My appeal to Gov’t is allow people to access their gardens & places of work first, we welcome the aid but there is need to restrain people who have made Ebola a business,” Kabanda said, reacting to information that the Office of the Prime Minister is planning to deliver relief aid to the affected people.