Agnes Nakavuma, a resident of Kirombe Nsambya, says she was injured a by teargas fired by police officers dispersing a procession by Makindye West Division Legislator, Allan Ssewanyana following his nomination on October 15th, 2020.
A woman in Kampala
has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola demanding
compensation of Shillings 500 million after being injured by a teargas canister.
Nakavuma, a resident of Kirombe Nsambya, says she was injured a by teargas
fired by police officers dispersing a procession by Makindye West Division
Legislator, Allan Ssewanyana following his nomination on October 15th,
Through her lawyers of Nalukoola, Kakeeto Advocates, Nakavuma, says she sustained physical
injuries on the right upper limb and right part of her abdomen among others. According
to Nakavuma, she was walking to the market along Makindye-Mubaraka to purchase
fruits and vegetables for her business when she was hit.
Through her lawyers, Nakavuma says that she was rushed
to St Francis Hospital Nsambya unconscious where she is still admitted. Her lawyers
led by Nalukoola Luyimbazi say that their client has undergone several surgical
operations and more have been recommended.
“To that extent, therefore, our client is mentally traumatized and has since
sustained Physical injuries at the hands of the police officers who are
constitutionally mandated to protect people and their properties. However,
neither the commanding officer of that operation nor any officer of Uganda
Police Force has ever responded and or made any attempt to ensure that the
victim receives medication ", reads the petition in part.
Adding that, “The purpose of this letter
is to bring to your attention the fact that your subordinates committed the
impugned wrongs against the victim and no steps were taken for reinstitution,
compensation and general treatment of the victim".
The lawyers are demanding compensation of Shillings 500million
for their clients and Shillings 10 million for legal fees payable within 14days
failure of which will leave them no option but to commence legal proceedings
against the police boss.
The Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Area Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire
told URN that they are aware of what happened to Nakavuma and officers from
Katwe Police Station were dispatched to visit the scene and record statements
on what transpired. Owoyesigyire says their preliminary findings show that
there are two versions of the incident.
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At the time Nakavuma got injured, the Electoral Commission
had stopped all parliamentary aspirants against holding processions during
their nomination so as to comply with the COVID-19 restrictions.
Each candidate was expected to show up at the nomination
center with not more than 10 people including their nominator, seconder and
driver among others. However, some politicians still ahead to mobilise their
supporters to escort them, which put them in direct confrontation with the