By Lawrence Mushabe
The Entebbe taxi enforcement team has impounded about 50 vehicles along Entebbe road for failing to adhere to the Standard operating procedures set by the Ministry of health in enforcing measures against the spread of Covid 19.
The impounding was a result of the increasing number of Covid 19 cases and deaths being registered in the country. The country has so far registered 2263 cases of the pandemic, 20 deaths, mostly within Kampala.
While carrying out operations on Monday night, passengers who didn’t have the preventive measures like masks were dragged from the vehicles, forced to buy a mask if they needed to continue with their journeys. Also taxi drivers and conductors were forced to sanitize every passenger before one enters the vehicle.
Kiyaga Richard , The Chairperson Entebbe tax stages while spear heading the enforcement team told Entebbe Post that Entebbe road is one of the busiest roads carrying people to and from Kampala, posing threats of increasing Covid 19 spread if standard operating procedures are not followed.
“As the leaders of transportation haulage along Entebbe road, we have decided not to cease our hammer hand in curbing the spread of the pandemic and that’s why we are here to strongly implement the standard operating procedures to some relaxed Tax owners and passengers at large; though I was disappointed to see some people like security personnel trying break the S.O.P’s of COVID 19.” Richard noted.
President Yoweri Museveni is expected to address the nation today, most Ugandans fear, with the increasing number of Covid 19 cases, Mr Museveni might lockdown the country.
During the operations, Kafero Mathius the Entebbe stages coordinator also raised concerns on the safety of passengers during the pandemic saying there are limited ways put in place to avoid further spread.