Kateshumbwa, Anite Summoned For Flouting COVID-19 Guidelines
Police has summoned the Minister of State for Investment and Privatization Evelyn Anite and former URA commissioner Dickson Kateshumbwa for allegedly organizing unlawful assemblies and processions over the weekend.
Last Saturday, Anite organised a procession where multitudes of her supporters marched through the streets in Koboko town in northern Uganda to celebrate her donation of an ambulance.
Although they were dressed in her campaign T-shirts, imprinted with her portraits, the minister later claimed she did not know about the procession and that she did not organise following a backlash on social media.
Similar crowds who even ‘overwhelmed’ police were seen in Sheema Municipality, where supporters of Dickson Kateshumbwa, one of the ruling party aspirants also held a procession. He, too like Anite said he did not organise the procession.
During a joint security press briefing in Kampala, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga revealed that Evelyn Anite has been summoned to the Criminal Investigations Department in Kibuli, while Dickson Kateshumbwa has been called to appear at Rwizi Territorial Police headquarters.
Enanga said the two have been summoned for disregarding all guidelines issued to ensure that the disease, which spreads through person to person contact, does not spread in the communities. Enanga says that Anite will equally be charged for participating in a negligent act which is likely to spread infectious disease and disobedience of lawful orders.
Police adds that the two and several other aspiring politicians across the country organized processions which is contrary to the existing guidelines regarding public gatherings.
Police says such rallies happened in Koboko, Mbale, Kampala, Bulambuli, Hoima, Budaka, Sheema, Napak and Mitooma districts.