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Uganda: 80 Arrested in Mbale City Concert Raid

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Uganda: 80 Arrested in Mbale City Concert Raid

Police in Mbale District on Saturday raided Hill View bar in Nauyo-Bugema town Council, Mbale City at around 11pm and arrested 80 revelers in connection to holding an unauthorized local concert- contrary to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) against the spread of coronavirus in Uganda.

Police commanded by Mbale District Police Commander (DPC), Mr Fred Ahimbisibwe responded to a call by residents in the area who were complaining about the same bar where people had gathered and were playing loud music.

It’s reported that the revelers were dancing and shouting.

The suspects and others still at large allegedly held a concert in violation of the guidelines of the Ministry of Health on Covid-19.

Following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country, the Ministry of Health issued guidelines suspending concerts attended by revelers in order to stop the spread of the deadly virus. The guidelines still stand.

The suspects are also accused of flouting anti-coronavirus guidelines aimed at preventing drinking in bars.

In March, 2020, President Museveni closed down bars, clubs, discos, Places of worship and other public places among others as one of the measures aimed at preventing the spread of covid-19.

However several other measures have since been lifted with the exception of bars, clubs and discos. However, some bars in different parts of the country continue operating secretly.

Mbale DPC Ahimbisibwe told Daily Monitor that the suspects were arrested for defying Presidential directives.