According to Namukose, when she was shot, detectives led by Kiira Region Police Commander, Dauda Hiriga visited Namukose at Alshafa Medical hospital where they recorded her statement and promised to foot her medical bills.
year-old Shaluwa Namukose, a resident of Mafubira ward in Northern division in
Jinja city is rotting away without any help after being shot by police while dispersing
protests along Mailo Mbili roundabout on February 18th, 2021.
Namukose, when she was shot, detectives led by Kiira Region Police Commander,
Dauda Hiriga visited Namukose at Alshafa Medical hospital where they recorded
her statement and promised to foot her medical bills.
She, however, says that one and half months later, police
have never fulfilled their promises and they even stopped picking her phone
calls. Namukose told URN that, her attempts to physically meet senior police
officers have proven futile since they lock themselves inside their offices
whenever they cite her around different police stations.
“I am currently incapacitated to perform my daily chores
within the market yet I accumulated medical bills of about 2.5 million
Shillings, but the police officers who promised to support me throughout this
the trying moment and have since declined to fulfill their part of the bargain,” she
Namukose is not the only protest victim struggling with her
injuries. In their presser held at Jinja city on Thursday afternoon, the Busoga
Regional Coordinators of the National Unity Platform-NUP led by the Jinja City
woman MP-elect, Manjeri Kyebakutika, said the families of the bullet wound
victims are relying on politicians for survival, which is not
Kyebakutika says that police officers are not transparent enough to reveal the progress
of investigations, which has left stakeholders suspicious of whether there are
plans of delivering justice to gun shooting victims or not.
She further adds that they have laboured to engage authorities at Kiira regional
police headquarters with an aim of luring them to fulfil their promises of
extending financial aid to bullet wound victims as echoed during their funerals
//cue in: “the people who…
Cue out…shot all over Uganda,”.
Andrew Muwanguzi, another NUP coordinator in charge of the informal sector says
that senior police officers have always publicly pledged to compensate
relatives of those who lose their lives as a result of shooting by police
personnel but their promises are never fulfilled.
//cue in: “the Ugandan government…
Cue out…given by God,”.
The Kiira region police spokesperson, Abbey Ngako says that matters of
compensation can only be handled by police headquarters and declined to divulge
details. Two people have lost their lives whereas three others have survived
with serious injuries following three shooting incidents orchestrated by police
personnel in a period of two months.