Uganda mulls releasing 4,000 people arrested for violating COVID-19 restrictions

President Yoweri Museveni
President Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday said the government is discussing the possibility of releasing over 4,000 people arrested for violating COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.

Museveni, in a televised address, said he has discussed with the country’s attorney general and director of public prosecutions (DPP) to start reviewing and deciding to release those remanded for violating lockdown restrictions.

“For the 4,000 people who were arrested at the beginning of lockdown because they didn’t follow the regulations, I have discussed with the attorney general and the DPP to review those people and release them if they find nothing serious,” said Museveni.

During the address, Museveni extended the night curfew, closure of border entry points and a ban on public gatherings, among others, for another 21 days.

Uganda has 457 COVID-19 cases, with 72 recoveries, and no one has died of the respiratory disease in the country, according to the Ministry of Health. Enditem

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