Innocent Rubangakene, a Laboratory scientist at Kitgum General Hospital told members of Kitgum Covid-19 Task Force on Thursday that he has been a victim of harassment meted on him by security personnel during curfew hours.
A section of health workers in Kitgum Municipality has accused
security personnel of harassing them during curfew hours.
Last month, the government imposed a 42-day lockdown and
restricted movements beyond 7 pm in response to curb down the second wave of
covid-19 in the country. The movement restrictions however spared health
workers who form part of the essential working force in the country.
However, in Kitgum Municipality, some of the health workers say they have been
roughed up by security personnel at night while reporting or returning from
Innocent Rubangakene, a Laboratory scientist at Kitgum General Hospital told
members of Kitgum Covid-19 Task Force on Thursday that he has been a victim of
harassment meted on him by security personnel during curfew hours. He says he
was at one time arrested and briefly detained while from duty despite
explaining and showing his particulars.
Rubangakene notes that arrest and harassment of medical personnel who play an
important role in the fight against covid-19 are unfair.
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Bezy Omoya, the senior Administrator at Kitgum General Hospital acknowledges
that some of their staff have been arrested by security personnel during
He however says they have since resolved to issue a clearance letter to all the
health workers to ease their movements during curfew while reporting to work or
returning to their homes.
Omoya says so far 80 of the staff that are regularly on night duties have been
issued with the clearance letters obtained from the office of the Resident
He however cautioned the health workers to carry the necessary documents that
include that National Identity Cards and authorized clearances to avoid them
falling into trouble with security personnel on night duties.
Paul Abok, the Deputy District Internal Security Officer says his office has taken
up the matter and already conducting investigations to apprehend the culprits.
According to Abok, one of the suspects is a Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF
soldier who is being followed closely within Pandwong Division where has
occasionally harassed and extorted money from locals.
“Our forces are indeed messing up, I raised that concern and I have more than
once now been following the culprit implicated in Pandwong. This should stop,”
Abok told members of the Kitgum Covid-19 task force on Thursday.