BY ROBERT ATIKU
MARACHA : Police in Maracha district have arrested a primary school teacher of Talia Primary school in Kijomoro subcounty for defying Presidential directive on COVID_19 pandemic.
The teacher, whose details have been concealed by police was got red handed on Friday conducting classes with Primary seven class at the school.
According to Maracha District Police Commander ASP Hussan Hiwumbire, the teacher was arrested following a tip off from the neighbouring school community.
“It was on Friday at 3pm. We got an information from the community that there is a class on going at Talia Primary school. This was the community which gave the information. We stormed the ground as police and arrested a P. 7 teacher who was conducting lessons to pupils. The teacher will be paraded in courts of law to answer charges levied against him.” the DPC revealed.
The DPC added, “The Presidential directives were very clear about the closure of all schools. I want to appeal to the public, schools and Headteachers of all these schools that it’s very clear that all schools must close. Wait until we get other directives from the President.”
In an effort to contain the spread of the deadly COVID_19 disease, the President directed that all Educational Institutions in Uganda be closed for a month with effect from mid-day on Friday 20th March 2020.
All other social gatherings are also banned on top of banning public transport system. As the confirmed cases of the deadly COVID_19 disease keep upsurging, it’s expected that more drastic measures may be announced by the government sooner rather than later.
The District Chairman Maracha Mr. Lawrence Adiga said, “We are all aware that the President addressed the nation on Wednesday, 18th March 2020. And according to his directive, all schools closed on Friday 20th March 2020 by mid-day. Therefore, it’s very bad to see some schools operating. I want to sound a warning to all the institutions in Maracha. Who ever is doing that must stop immediately and I want to tell all my people to inform us(in case they get people defying the directives) such that we rush and arrest the person.”
The directives of the President on COVID_19 outbreak are for the common good of the health of all Ugandans but the security team continues to have a tough time with some locals in trying to ensure that these directives are followed to the dot.
The Resident District Commissioner Maracha Mrs. Soet Esther Cherop warned that they won’t compromise with anybody who’s not following the Presidential directives on COVID_19 pandemic.
“We shall not compromise with you. We shall not allow your nonsense (to continue). We are here as security to implement the President’s directives. Who ever violates (the directives), we shall be on your neck and we can’t spare you. You will face the law.” the RDC warned.
On Saturday 28th March 2020, the security officials in Maracha, including the Police and Army were engaged in running battles with the locals in Maracha Town Council Market as they disburse them in efforts to implement the Presidential directive on COVID_19 pandemic.
According to latest official reports, atleast thirty people are confirmed to have contracted the deadly COVID_19 disease in Uganda. The public is therefore advised to continue adhering to ministry of health guidelines in an effort to contain the spread of this deadly disease.