In a bid to enforce curfew guidelines, police officers on Wednesday intercepted 8 buses in Oyam district at a Kamdini checkpoint for violating night curfew, leaving hundreds of travelers, mostly business people, stranded at the premises.
Commenting on the incidents, RX Radio’s Fatboy argued that as the country hopes to fully reopen in a week's time, curfew restrictions have increasingly become concentrated in some places while others are operating normally past curfew time.
“In many suburbs you’ll go to, when it's past curfew time, people are still operating and it's business as usual. You’ll see boda bodas here and there, bars open with revelers partying and even though there is curfew, you wouldn’t imagine that there is. It's just that the police are being selective on whom and how it is enforced.”
His Co-host on the show, Olive Najjuma, commented that it was absurd that the police impounded the vehicles during the night yet a number of issues can affect a vehicle traveling after curfew time. “I think police officers are trying to make a dime for the festive season. That’s the only explanation that makes sense especially because cargo trucks and private cars were allowed to pass the checkpoint. How were the buses different from other cars?” she probed.
Moreso, Fatboy added that since it's just a week to the full reopening, the police should be letting Ugandans adjust to normalcy, with Olive reasoning that probably the police want to give the impression of seriousness just like it was right after the lockdowns.
She went on to add that unlike Fatboy, she is less hopeful about the full reopening of the economy as earlier promised by the President given that neighboring countries are running around like “headless chicken” in panic of the Omicron variant.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, Sarah and Lesham every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.