Michael Chebet Musau, the East Division LC III Chairperson, condemned the act of shooting live bullets at civilians. He however also faulted residents for being chaotic and disrespecting security forces, which could have prompted them to open live bullets.
A teenage girl is
battling for her life at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital after being shot in
the neck in an operation involving Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF and Local
Defense Unit personnel in Kapchorwa district.
The injured is Sandra Chemutai, a resident of Litei village in Kaptirir
ward in West division in Kapchorwa district.
She was shot on Saturday
evening when security officers opened fire while dispersing rowdy residents who
had gathered in Koti trading center. The officers stormed the trading center to
enforce a ban by the
president on public gatherings.
However, the residents turned rowdy and blocked
all the roads leading to East Division with boulders and stones prompting the
security to open live bullets. Kapchorwa Resident
District Commissioner, Emma Rose Cherukut, says residents had gathered in big
numbers in violation of the presidential directive on public gatherings to
combat the spread of COVID19.
Nelson Kitiyo, the Kween Village LC 1 Chairperson who is attending to the
victim at Mbale Regional
Referral Hospital blamed the RDC for
not informing him about the operations such that he could sensitise the
Michael Chebet Musau,
the East Division LC III Chairperson, condemned the act of shooting live
bullets at civilians. He however also faulted residents for being chaotic and disrespecting
security forces, which could have prompted them to open live bullets.
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Kapchorwa District Health Officer Siraji Masai says there
is no proper communication between the people and security forces, which is
forcing security officers to shoot at residents.
He asks the
authorities to use public policing other than military and brutal ways. Fredmark Chesanga, the Sipi Region Police Spokesperson, says police is
investigating circumstances, under which the girl was shot.
“We are still
investigating the circumstances and the motive for the shooting. But what I can
tell you is that the RDC went to the Baracks and picked soldiers without police.
I will give you details later,” he told our reporter in a phone interview.