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Injured Kyanja curfew violator seeks justice, money for medical bills


Abdullah Wakubona in hospital

A man who was allegedly beaten by combined police and Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel while returning home during curfew time is seeking justice after sustaining life-threatening injury on the head. 

Abdullah Wakubona, a resident of Kyanja, in Nakawa Division says he was intercepted a few minutes to 7 pm about a week ago. Within a moment, he recalls that he was beaten up by combined security teams of field force and LDU personnel from Kyanja police station who were deployed to enforce nighttime curfew guidelines. 

The nighttime curfew was declared by President Yoweri Museveni as one of the measures to control movement at a time when the country is struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. It runs from 7 pm to 5:30 am every day. 

Wakubona, who is currently admitted at Anna Medical clinic in Kyanja says that the security operation was led by Richard Osege, the officer-in-charge of Kyanja police station. He says one LDU personnel hit him with a baton on the head several times leading to bleeding before he blacked out. He alleges that during the scuffle, he also lost his earnings for the day amounting to Shs 200,000. 

Wakubona adds that medics at Anna Medical have advised him to seek proper medication and a brain scan to establish the intensity of the injury. However, he says he is helpless and has no money to seek advanced treatment. He now wants the officers to be pursued to clear his medical bill. 

Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire declined to comment on the matter saying he is yet to be briefed about the incident but advised Wakubona to open a case file with Kira Road police division.          

Kyanja Parish councillor Julia Nalubwama, who is also the deputy speaker of Nakawa Division says that her office has registered six incidents of people being beaten by LDU’s and police while enforcing curfew time in the last one month. 

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