Museveni ordered police to stop arresting people for being “idle and disorderly”. The president has directed the release of the people arrested on the same crime with immediate effect.
Therefore, in a letter from the Inspector General of Police to all Police directors and regional police commanders, all officers are to follow this directive by not arresting people on idle and disorderly.
In addition, the president added “ that arrested people have to be released immediately and prosecution discontinued. Museveni orders police to stop arresting people for being “idle and disorderly”.
Section 167 of the Penal Code Act criminalizes wandering persons, those gambling for cash or prostituting as being “ idle and disorderly “ . And if convicted in court, they, if prostitutes or involved in soliciting for immoral purpose, face a maximum of seven years imprisonment. Therefore, Other aspects of the offense attract three months in jail or Shs3,000 fine or both.
Similarly, Museveni also ordered the release of people arrested by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) enforcement personnel in Kampala. Museveni orders police to stop arresting people for being “idle and disorderly”
In conclusion, those in prison, for failure to pay a fine of Shs 1 million to be released immediately. He told us that people released should not do any business on pavements of the streets again for instance.