Covid fines, jail term spark public uproar

A police officer disperses traders and vendors from a street in Kampala on June 19 after government closed several businesses as a way of stopping the spread of Covid-19. PHOTO | FILE

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  • While President Museveni had previously ordered that violators of Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) would be compelled to pay fines as opposed to jail terms, in the new statutory instrument issued on July 1, Dr Aceng proposes a two-month jail term and doesn’t provide other options for the offenders.  

The decision to jail or fine people who violate lockdown rules and other Covid-19 safety protocols has sparked uproar, with human rights defenders and sections of the public accusing government officials of scandalising the fight against the pandemic. 

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