Police intercept cargo truck loaded with passengers

According to Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police, the truck was captured on CCTV cameras as it kept on loading and off loading passengers at multiple points.

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Police at Nabingo along Kampala- Masaka Road Monday afternoon intercepted a motor vehicle UBJ 803P full of passengers.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police, the truck was captured on CCTV cameras as it kept on loading and off loading passengers at multiple points.
Upon search , Oweyesigyire said fourteen (14) people were found inside the vehicle.

On interrogation, the suspects told police that the driver identified as Lubega Hassan was taking them to Mpigi , Masaka and Mbarara charging them between 50,000 to100, 000 Ugandan Shillings.
By press time, the culprits were being detained at Nsangi Police station in Wakiso district.

Uganda is under a 42 lockdown that includes a ban on the moment of all passenger carrier vehicles.

While announcing the travel restrictions late June, President Yoweri Museveni ordered a stop to all inter-district movements.

The president only allowed cargo trucks to remain operating with a minimum of two occupants including the driver.
The move was intended to control the spread of the coronavirus.

However, due to mostly the high cost of living in Kampala, several city dwellers have continuously sneaked out and head to rural areas.

Using all means possible, those that have managed to reach safely to their final destinations, say that it was inevitable.

All pictures courtesy of Uganda Police.

As the lockdown continues, the upsurge in lack of basic necessities most especially in the vulnerable communities will be visible. And with the unclear circumstances under which the alleged government relief fund is disbursed, the number of those escaping to ‘safety’ is likely to increase.

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