“Violation of these measures will lead to fines that will be given out soon in a Statutory Instrument signed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) Treasury,” he said. ‘Those who do not care about the health of Ugandans will pay financially.”
But is the notice circulating on social media genuine? We checked.
Fines not implemented – yet
On 11 June, the police posted the notice with a red “FAKE NEWS” label across it on Twitter.
“Please ignore this fake news. Police has no instrument in place yet, to implement this. Until then, don’t be caught on the wrong side of the law. Observe [standard operating procedures], adhere to curfew guidelines, keep safe,” read the tweet.
The treasury has developed new guidelines and it has been reported that these were submitted to the health ministry. But the notice circulating on Facebook is not from the Ugandan police and is untrue.
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