Masindi police disperse traders, confiscate merchandise

Some of the traders gather under a tree after police confiscated their merchandise for violating Covid-19 guidelines at Kijuura in Masindi Municipality yesterday. (Photo: Moses Andama)

Police in Masindi yesterday (Saturday) morning dispersed traders and confiscated their merchandise in Kijuura weekly market for flouting the Covid-19 guidelines set by the Ministry of Health to stem down the spread of the virus.

The acting District Police Commander, Edina Nyinareza, told this website that the operation followed a tip off from a concerned resident that hundreds of traders had flooded and displayed their merchandise in the market, attracting many buyers without observing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

The police officer said given the big number of people in the market, social distance was not adhered to as required to stop the transmission of the deadly virus.

During the operation, police confiscated such merchandise as clothes and shoes among others that Ms Nyinareza said will be handed back to their owners at the police station.

She warned traders to stop violating the health guidelines set to slow down the spread of the virus adding that police will not hesitate to arrest them.

“I warn traders intending to operate weekly markets in the district to stop it knowing that police will not hesitate to arrest them since the act attracts big gatherings of people from different places which can easily spread coronavirus,” Ms Nyinareza warned.

With guidance from the Ministry of Health officials, President Yoweri Museveni banned operations of weekly markets saying they are one of the conduits through which Covid-19 can be transmitted since they attract several people from various areas.

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