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Kyanja Resident Injured in Curfew Operations, Accuses Police of Stealing from Him

Abdullah Wakubona, a resident of Kyanja, in Nakawa Division says he was intercepted minutes to 7 pm about a week ago. Within a moment, he recalls that he was beaten up by combined security teams of Field Force and Local Defence Units personnel from Kyanja Police Station who were deployed to enforce nighttime curfew guidelines.
A deep injury sustained by Abdullah on the head

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A man who was allegedly beaten by the combined police and Local Defence Unit Personnel while returning home during curfew time is seeking justice after sustaining life-threatening injury on the head.       

Abdullah Wakubona, a resident of Kyanja, in Nakawa Division says he was intercepted minutes to 7 pm about a week ago.  Within a moment, he recalls that he was beaten up by combined security teams of Field Force and Local Defence Units personnel from Kyanja Police Station who were deployed to enforce nighttime curfew guidelines.

The nighttime curfew was declared by President Yoweri Museveni as one of the measures to control movement at a time when the country is struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. It runs from 7 pm to 5: 30 a.m. every day.

Wakubona, who is currently admitted at Anna Medical Clinic in Kyanja says that the security operation was led by Richard Osege, the Officer in Charge of Kyanja Police Station. He says one LDU personnel hit him with a baton on the head several times leading to bleeding before he blacked out. He alleges that during the scuffle, he also lost his earnings for the day, amounting to 200,000 Shillings.

//Cue in; “mukavuyo akako…

Cue Out… mwebatwalila sente.”//          

Wakubona adds that medics at Anna Medical Clinic have advised him to seek proper medication and a brain scan to establish the intensity of the injury. However, he says he is helpless, and has no money to seek advanced treatment. He now wants the officers to be pursued to clear his medical bill.

//Cue in; “ njagala genda nkole…. 

   

Cue Out… scan kubiwundu.”//       

He is also seeking justice through compensation.

//Cue in; “ nze siyina kyensigaza…    

Cue Out… ela nsaba buyambi,”//   

Kampala Metropolitan DeputyPolice Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire declined to comment on the matter saying he is yet to be briefed about the incident but advised Wakubona to open a case file with Kira Road Police Division.          

Kyanja Parish Councilor Julia Nalubwama, who is also the deputy speaker of Nakawa Division says that her office has registered six incidents of people being beaten by LDU’s and police while enforcing curfew time in the last one month.

//Cue in; “abakyala nabo nabakuba….   

Cue Out… mugeli yemu jebakuba.”//      

The government has maintained a nighttime the curfew which starts from 7 pm to 6:30 a.m. every day as one of the interventions to control the movement of people at a time when the country is faced with an outbreak of COVID-19. The measure comes with heavy deployment of Police, Local Defence Unit Personnel and UPDF soldiers.