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Museveni’s move to pardon such a big number of prisoners is in line with government’s efforts to decongest prisons which are said to be potential places for the spread of the coronavirus .
A fortnight ago, Prisons had indicated that they had recommended to the Prerogative of Mercy committee headed by the attorney general, the release of over 2,000 prisoners on minor offenses who had served three-thirds of their sentences.
Meanwhile, as 883 get released, another 2,241 were taken in for principally disobeying the guidelines issued by the president on the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Baine said of these 271 had already been convicted and sentenced.
“This is a very serious warning, please can you do everything possible and don’t add on my numbers. But if you think you don’t want to listen, we still have where to keep you. Disobey, and violate the guidelines at your own peril,” said Baine.
Meanwhile, police spokesperson Fred Enanga revealed that in four days, they had arrested 1,154 people in the Kampala Metropolitan area for violating the presidential directives on coronavirus prevention.
Enanga said they are going to screen these people and those they find out to be repetitive offenders, they will be taken to court.