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Mityana District Chairperson Joseph Luzige Assaulted by LDU

Motorcycles are not allowed to carry passengers, and their operations are restricted to 5 p.m. according to guidelines issued by President Yoweri Museveni as part of the measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
08 Jul 2020 08:19

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Mityana District Chairperson Joseph Luzige has been assaulted by Local Defence Unit personnel. Eyewitnesses say that Luzige was roughed up by four LDU’s on Tuesday after he confronted them for beating up a woman who was riding on a motorcycle beyond curfew time.

Motorcycles are not allowed to carry passengers, and their operations are restricted to 5 p.m. according to guidelines issued by President Yoweri Museveni as part of the measures to control the spread of COVID-19. But a number of them have continued to disregard the guidelines, carrying passengers and moving beyond the stipulated time.

Reports indicate that a woman sustained injuries while trying to jump off a motorcycle in Mityana after they rammed into an operation by Local Defence Unit personnel on Tuesday. Efforts by the district chairman to intervene ended with an ugly scene in which he was assaulted by an officer identified as Francis Nyarwayo, and later detained at Mityana Central Police Station.

Luzige was released after the intervention of Mityana Resident District Commissioner Isha Ntumwa, who also ordered the arrested of all personnel involved in the operation. Ntumwa condemned the LDUs for using excessive force, saying that such unpleasant acts will not be tolerated. 

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The First Division Spokesperson Maj. Bilal Yusuf Katamba, who also speaks for the LDU's said the errant personnel were disarmed as demanded by Luzige as they devise means of taking administrative measures. 

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Earlier, online platforms carried stories indicating that LDUs in Mbale had roughed up Soroti Resident Judge Masalu Musene and his counterpart from the High Court Commercial Division David Wangutsi on Friday evening. The two justices were reportedly relaxing at a washing bay after a golf game when they were rounded off by LDU's and beaten up for violating curfew guidelines.

It took the intervention of the Mbale District NRM Party Chairperson, Mahmood Masaba to save the judges from further humiliation. 

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