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Midwives Union, Workers MP Demand Justice For Busia Nurse Brutalized By Police

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According to information obtained by our reporter, Nabwire who was still dressed in her official uniform met a police patrol vehicle. She says that one of the officers who she couldn’t identify jumped from the police patrol and started beating her on the head, neck and other body parts.
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A team of officials from the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union-UNMU led by the worker’s Member of Parliament have asked the government to deliver justice to a nurse in Busia district who was brutalized by police officers. Ruth Nabwire, who is attached to Busia health center IV, was reportedly brutalized by the police officers while enforcing the nighttime curfew on June 20th, 2021 on her way to her residence in Arubaine village from work around 7:20 Pm.

According to information obtained by our reporter, Nabwire who was still dressed in her official uniform met a police patrol vehicle. She says that one of the officers who she couldn’t identify jumped from the police patrol and started beating her on the head, neck and other body parts. According to Nabwire, the same officers had 15 minutes earlier handed her a patient at Busia health center IV. Nabwire says that she handed the patient to her colleagues who had reported for night duty and signed out.

She, however, says that unfortunately the same officers met her on her way and brutalized her minutes after. Nabwire says that the attack by the police has affected her left eye and left her with a lot of pain in the ear and severe headache.

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Justus Cherop, the president of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union-UNMU, says that they want the police officers behind the attack prosecuted.  She says that they have given the Busia District COVID-19 task force two day’s ultimatum to apprehend the culprits or else they ask all nurses in Busia to lay down their tools.

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Workers Member of Parliament, Abdul Byakatonda, says that they have also petitioned the office of Prime Minister against the attack on a front-line health worker by police personnel.  Byakatonda says that when they tried to intervene at police, the District Police Commander decided to shield the errant police officer.

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Annet Birungi, the Treasurer of the National Council of Nurses and Midwives, says that they have a big challenge with police who are not paying attention especially to nurse working night duties.

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Stephen Mugeni Wasike, the Busia District LC V chairman accused the District Police Commander of failure to reign in on his juniors. Mugeni says that they have held several security meetings where they have repeatedly warned police officers against brutalizing essential workers in the area in vain.

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John Rex Aachila, the Busia Resident District commissioner-RDC, says that they are unhappy with the way is brutalizing people without listening to their explanations. He says they want the police officer who brutalized the nurse to face the law to act as an example to other would-be offenders.

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Hassan Kamba, the legal officers of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union-UNMU, says they will remain on the ground to ensure is matter is addressed conclusively.  

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The acting Busia District Police Commander, Tony Odonkara declined to comment on the matter.

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