A police driver identified as Sgt/Driver Christopher Opio has been arrested for misusing a police van. Opio was captured on a video that went viral today, transporting passengers to Kampala, an act that is against the new Presidential guidelines and Ministry of Health SOPs intended to stop the spread of COVID-19.
According to a Press Release issued on the Police website, Opio is charged with scandalous behaviour, which attracts a dismissal, disobedience of lawful orders and acting negligently in a manner likely to spread the virus.
“As the police, we strongly condemn the actions of our driver, which serves to undermine our enforcement efforts in the fight against COVID-19 in the country. The shameful act is also in direct contrast with our fleet management protocols, where all police drivers are as a MUST directed to park their vehicles at their work stations. The errant driver who is attached to the Public Relations Department, did not adhere to the Force instructions,” stated the Press Release.
Police has applauded the public for recording and sharing the video on such acts of gross misconduct by officers.
“The driver was immediately tracked down, as soon as the video footage came to our attention, and arrested from as far as Kole District, enroute to his home District in Alebtong,” stated the Press release.