Aged 29, Kabagambe says he was clobbered by LDUs enforcing president Yoweri Museveni directives during the first Covid19 lockdown. But for the 18 months now, Kabagambe has visited almost every eye specialist in Uganda but his right eye sight has not been rectified.
A man in Mukono Municipality is accusing Local Defence Unit –LDU
personnel of causing injuries to his right eye.
Zack Kabagambe 29 says he was beaten by LDUs who were enforcing President
Yoweri Museveni’s covid-19 directives.
Ophthalmologists at Georgina Eye Clinic, Agarwal’s Eye Clinic and Mengo
hospital have now confirmed to Kabagambe that his eye will never see again.
Kabagambe says that he has spent all his savings in an attempt to
regain his full sight but all in vain.
According to Kabagambe, on March 26, he picked a Boda-Boda at Kayunga taxi stage
going to his home in Wanton village. However, they were surrounded by a group
of LDUs holding sticks and batons. The LDUs immediately beat him until he
He adds that he was rushed to a nearby health facility for First Aid and later
referred to Mengo hospital where he was treated to minimize the pain.
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Twelve days later, Kabagambe opened a case at Mukono Police Station under
reference number SD REF 47/08/04/2020 where an assault case was entered. Police
recorded LDUs as the suspects. But a police officer told him that getting
justice from LDUs was impossible.
“When I was informed that LDUs won’t be easy people to deal with, I approached
the overall commander for greater Mukono Lt Col Kalema. He promised to handle
my case but since then he does not pick my calls,” Kabagambe says.
Lt Col Kalema, the LDU Commander in charge of Greater Mukono says that he
doesn’t remember Kabagambe’s case. Kalema added that his jurisdiction is too
big since it includes even parts of Buikwe and Wakiso districts. He added that
because his area being wide, he sometimes needs constant reminders in case
someone has an issue with LDUs.
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Kabagambe says that the treatment he received at Mengo hospital did not stop
the swelling and bleeding. The eye specialists informed him he had got a
“My mother decided to take me to Dr Agarwal eye clinic in Nakasero. I was
informed that my lens got damaged. They told me I will never be able to see
again. They advised me to accept that they replace the lens at 6 million
shillings or have an artificial one at 3.5 million shillings,” Kabagambe says.
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Asked why he has not sued LDUs, Kabagambe says he knows he will not get justice.
He says that there will be no witnesses for his case since he does
not remember the rider.
By end of the year 2020, Uganda Human Rights Commission had registered 308
complaints majorly emanating from brutality unleashed on civilians by security
agencies enforcing Covid19 orders. The African Centre for Torture Victims –ACTV
has recorded 960 cases of alleged torture and other cruel ill-treatment as a
result of enforcing Covid19 directives.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.