Police over the weekend under the command of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Chemonges Ashraf who also doubles as the commander of alert squad raided Front Page hotel based in Zzana along Entebbe road and arrested over 90 hotel guests claiming they had violated presidential directives and Ministry of Health Covid19 guidelines.
According to information, the raided hotel is owned by Uganda’s Vice President Hon Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi. Information obtained by Spyreports show that some of the people who were arrested included Buganda’s Prince Names withheld, Catholic nuns among other Guests.
Workers at the hotel say it was around 11:20pm when over 30 police officers stormed the premises and ordered the security guard to open without even explaining the reason for the raid.
“After raiding the hotel, they ordered all the clients who were keeping social distance to seat down and later confiscated their phones because they never wanted people to take pictures,” says a hotel staff.
He added that police later proceeded to the accommodation rooms, broke them and arrested guests who were resting.
Front Page Hotel Managing Director Nakibinge Edward Kaggwa in his letter accused police of vandalizing and rooting hotel properties.
“Police raided our premises without our prior notice, vandalized and stole both hotel and customers properties. Accommodation rooms, receptions, Restaurant and wash rooms were forcefully entered into while making arrests,” says Kaggwa in his statement.
The hotel Manager says police went with both Audio and Visual recordings without their consent amidst improper arrests of staffs and clients. “After arresting our clients, police officers extorted money from them,” he further explains.
He adds that following the presidential directives and SOPS from the Ministry of health the hotel acquired temperature guns, Sanitizers, Covid19 awareness posters and all clients are tested before entering.
Police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan area Patrick Onyango said guests were flouting Covid19 guidelines and police is investigating negligent act likely to spread infectious disease.