Ugandan residents defy the directive of President Yoweri Museveni who suspended public transportation in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 – two people were hospitalised after being shot and wounded by police officers enforcing the directive.
Suspension was placed on taxis, passenger trains, buses, tricycles and bodabodas (bicycle and motocycle taxis) from operating for 14 days. Only private vehicles were allowed on the road, with the number of passengers restricted to three.
Two people were shot while riding on a bodaboda within Mukono Municipality and are admitted at Mukono General Hospital. They were identified as Alex Oryem and Kasim Ssebude shot in the leg and stomach respectively.
The two who were shot claimed they only asked why they were being blocked from proceeding on their journey but the police claimed they attempted to attack police officers. They also claimed they were not aware of the directive.
In a related event, police fired teargas canisters to disperse Kampala residents whom the police describe as defiants while they claim they were going about their business as usual.
Police officers manning roadblocks ordered passengers riding in the co-drivers seat of private vehicles to move to the back to enforce the presidential directives given on March 25.
Ugandan comedian Kansiime was conflicted seeing women being beaten up by security forces yet prefers coronavirus is not allowed to spread through disobedience against presidential directive in Uganda.
“It is so sad seeing a woman the age of your mother being beaten by the police. But I prefer that to her contracting the coronavirus posing a risk to herself and those around her,” Kansiime said.