At least 300 motorcycles have been impounded in Kassanda District for violating curfew time.
As a measure to mitigate the spread of the Ebola virus disease, President Museveni announced a 21-day lockdown in Mubende and Kassanda districts, restricting movements in and out, as a measure to mitigate the Ebola virus disease. Museveni said that public transportation, private transportation, and boda-bodas cannot move in the districts of Mubende and Kassanda.
The rules also stopped people from going to seasonal markets, places of worship, and social places like bars and gyms. All burials had to be done by safe burial teams.
Kassanda Resident District Commissioner Phoebe Namulindwa said that the motorcycles were impounded by security personnel while enforcing curfew regulations and that they are currently kept at the police station until the end of the lockdown. She laughed off the claims that police officers were told to do bad things and told the Boda Boda riders to show proof.
Namulindwa, who is also the head of the District Taskforce for Ebola, said that the Boda Boda drivers are the biggest problem as the government tries to follow the president’s orders.
She said that the Boda Boda riders were not following the rules because some of them pretended to be carrying cargo and others said they were going to their faraway gardens but were not.
As a result of the president’s orders, Boda Boda riders said that police officers told them they had to pay between 100,000 and 200,000 Shillings. Others said they were given receipts for express penalties that they had to pay through the bank.
For the students crossing from Kassanda to access schools in Mityana district, Namulidwa allayed people’s fears by saying no learner will be denied the right to walk to school. Namulindwa said that in order for the teachers to move around freely, they must have identity cards. Those who don’t have one should go to the District Education Officers (DEO) to get permits.
Since then, the Ebola outbreak has been confirmed in the districts of Mubende, Kyegegwa, Kassanda, Kagadi, and Bunyangabu, with a total of 58 confirmed cases and 19 deaths, according to the health ministry.