Covid-19 lockdown: Dark deeds that curfew nights cover

Detained. Security forces conduct an operation in Kalerwe, Kampala on Wednesday night. More than 300 people were arrested for violating the curfew time that was announced by President Museveni to stop the further spread of Covid-19. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

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Caught in a trap. As security forces continue to enforce President Museveni’s directive on the night curfew to tame the spread of Covid-19, civilians and the law enforcers have found it rough to make ends meet, writes Abdul-Nasser Ssemugabi & Promise Twinamukye

It is just six minutes to 7pm, April 19, when a 20-year-old Evidence Kamanzi, a resident of Kanyogoga, went out to buy tablets from a clinic for his brother who had just fallen sick. Unfortunately, Kamanzi returned with more pain than the medicine he had gone to buy could handle.
Past Kanyogoga Police Station, he reached Soweto, a nearby slum in Namuwongo, Kampala.
The nearest clinic was already closed. He tried another nearby. It did not have the medicine he wanted. Frustrated, Kamanzi wanted to go home. But he saw people walking, unbothered by the curfew. He walked on too, until he saw a police officer.
“Where are you going?” the officer asked him, “What time should you be home?” His mind replayed the scenes that had recently dominated news as curfew enforcers brutalised civilians. He took off. “Kamata wuyo” (arrest that one) Kamanzi remembers a voice behind him. “I sped before another ununiformed person tripped me and I fell, belly flat on the murrum road.”

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