MITYANA district LC V Chairman Counsel Joseph Luzige has today morning, with the help of Uganda Police Force (UPF) impounded a Ministry of Health ambulance attached to Mubende Regional Referral Hospital Reg. No. UG 4478M fully loaded with passengers who are not anywhere closer to sickness!
On being arrested, the ambulance driver took off to escape rotting in the cells.
Speaking to The News Editor Online, Chairman Luzige said, the ambulance which is meant to carry sick people in very critical conditions was stopped at a road block in Bujuuko, about 15 Miles on Mityana road.
“On stopping it, it was instead acting as a public mean of transport, carrying passengers. The driver sensed danger, and took off. This ambulance was filled to capacity.” Said ruling NRM’s Joseph Luzige.
He continued to say, “Am warning all ambulance drivers not to load passengers or else, risk being arrested and persecuted. That is highly risky as you may pick covid 19 from such passengers and above all its against the president’s directive.”
“I have instructed the police at Bujuuko and Mityana to check all ambulances going through Mityana District. So governors warn your drivers especially those passing through Mityana. We must protect citizens from the spreading of Covid 19, it is our mandate.” Said Luzige, who has been on front line in fighting Coronavirus.
For starters, President Museveni suspended public transport and private vehicles, sending a country to lockdown for 14 days.
According to The Head of State, this was done to tame Coronavirus not to spread especially to up country.
People going to villages have resorted to go by foot, others jump on trucks and this ambulance driver must have been tempted to give them lift which is totally against the Presidential directive.