Ugandan Police Chief Martin Okoth Ochola has urged people in his Christmas message to be complaint to the SOPs.
With just a few hours to go before Christmas, Ugandan Police Chief Martin Okoth Ochola has urged people in his message to be complaint to the SOPs, which was previously imposed to prevent the spread of the virus.
Ochola made these comments in a letter dated December 23, 2020. He said they should be aware that the coronavirus is spreading across the country even faster as people are getting ready to celebrate their festive days.
The Inspector-General reminded that the virus is inseparable from anyone and noted that many have expressed satisfaction with the adherence to health guidelines.
“As we enter the festive season, we must reflect on the incredible journey each of us has embarked on this year. It has been a very challenging year, especially with the threat of COVID-19 and its significant impact on the community,” the IGP noted.
“The situation is still worrying as the vaccine is still a few months away, yet many of the general public are satisfied and do not adhere to face masks, proper hygiene and community distance health SOPs,” he added. Be in a hurry amidst all the Christmas celebrations and fun.
“All Ugandan people need to know that crime and COVID-19 affect all of us, regardless of who you are.”
Also, Ochola raised the issue of criminals, who in recent years have taken advantage of festive days to sacrifice others through acts such as theft, robbery, burglary, fraud and cybercrime.
In this regard, he said that as they have always done, the police have been deployed to crack down on any crime that may arise during this festive season.
“As you know, this festive period is embedded within the election period for the presidency, parliament and local government positions. Despite our policy efforts, political campaigns have faced some threats and vulnerabilities; Crime, robbery, rape and pick-pocketing. “
“Despite all these challenges, as police and sister security organizations, we are committed to the strategic plans and multidisciplinary tactical responses that have enabled us to overcome those challenges. We have used visible and unseen resources to help crackdown on criminals. In these violent crimes,” Ochola added.
He further called on the people of Uganda to be as disciplined as they were throughout the year in celebrating other special days of the year including Easter and Eid al-Adha.
“As a nation, we have celebrated many religious festivals such as Eid al-adha, Easter, Uganda Martyrs, and public events such as Uganda’s Independence Day in the safest and healthiest settings. We can still do so without losing too much appreciation for each other this Christmas.”
Meanwhile, the IGP commended all those who have successfully turned this year around, including leading healthcare staff who have worked tirelessly in treating COVID-19 patients.
Ochola noted that although many hospitals across the country are already overcrowded with increasing cases, they still play an important role.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the other leading workers and emergency workers who have been actively involved in the fight against COVID-19,” Ochola said before sending his Christmas message (greetings) to all Ugandan people.
“I would like to wish you all a safe, peaceful and healthy, Christmas and New Year, 2021, full of aspirations and new resolutions. We look forward to further strengthening our cooperation with partner agencies. The public to keep our country safe.”