The Sidama regional command post yesterday announced a curfew and other activity restrictions effective November 18, 2021. The head of the Sidama Region Peace and Security Office and the deputy head of the command post, Alemayehu Timothios, told local media that the regional command post includes five centers in the cities of Hawassa, Leku, Yirgalem, Aleta Chuko and Bensa.
According to the command post, motorcycles with license plates for one person can be parked between 6:00 am. transports are mornings and 7:00 p.m. local time, while three-wheeled vehicles, commonly called bajaj, were instructed to lift covers from their front seats and limit the number of passengers to three, with their services limited until 8:00 p.m. local time. Other public transport, including taxis, was allowed between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. local time.
ID card issuance has been suspended, prohibiting Kebele to Woreda officials from issuing ID cards . The command center announced that people who do not have an ID will be issued provisional ID cards from November 17, 2021 register a permit and obtain a permit at the nearest police station within the next 5 consecutive days. The regional command post warned that anyone failing to do so and carrying an unregistered firearm would face prosecution. The command post arrested 83 people and confiscated 13 pistols and ammunition, police and military uniforms and bank books in Aleta Chuko city last week, the deputy head of the regional command post said.
Factories, industrial parks, resorts and international hotels can now get permits for their vehicles. In addition, two-wheeled vehicles from neighboring areas are prohibited from entering the Sidama region after 6:00 p.m. local time. The emergency command post has not imposed a curfew on private cars and pedestrians, but identification is required when entering the Sidama region.