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Police Block NUP Meeting For Reportedly Failing To Meet COVID-19 SOPs

Police today blocked National Unity platform (NUP) meeting that had been organized to open their offices around Balintuma Road in Old Kampala.

Kampala Metroploitan Police Spokesperson, SP Patrick Onyango (pictured), said NUP had erected nine tents and mobilised people to attend in large numbers.

“They had also planned and hired a brass band to lead their procession from Namirembe up to the venue.
We talked to the organisers to put in place all the necessary SOPs of the Ministry of Health.
They refused to comply,” Onyango said.

He added that they went ahead to organise the function without considering social distancing, majority had no masks although a few were putting on but in the wrong way..

“This was going to be a breeding ground for COVID19,” Onyango said, adding: “We talked to them again and they decided to leave the venue but later on they reorganised and came attacking police. We responded by firing teargas to disperse them.”

He added that Police did not use rubble bullets during the operation and there was no injuries. “Two suspects have been arrested and they are being detained at Old Kampala Police Station on charges of disobedience of lawful orders. The situation is back to normal,” he said.

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