April 24, 2020
Women numbering over 30 have been granted bail after they were, at separate occasions, picked-up at Nanpkawie and in Tumu by a joint military-police team.
The women were arrested for allegedly defying the social distancing protocols and directives issued by the government to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
In an interview with the Municipal Chief Executive who also doubles as the Chairman of the Municipal Security Committee, Hon. Karim Nanyua told Radford news that the women were arrested at wedding grounds at Nanpkawie and in Tumu town.
Hon. Karim Nanyua said the women were granted bail following pleas from their husbands and other relatives, and that they were the first set of people to have fallen foul of the directive in the area.
The MCE has assured of more strict enforcement of the directives, stating that at this time “any decision concerning health now is radical” and has admonished the general public to better comply instead of thinking otherwise of the directives.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Police Commander, DSP Gbele Kumpe, however, said the police would go back to trace and pick-up main organizers of the weddings for further investigations.
The Assemblyman for Sakai Electoral Area, Hon. Atiku Wutirirah and former President of Sisaala Youth Forum, Mr. Yahaya Mumuni also took turns to educate and admonish the women on possible charges and convictions for defying the Imposition of restrictions act, Act 2020 which spells out the charges when one goes against the social distance protocols and directives.