Led by Michael Mulindwa Nakumusana, the Nyendo-Mukungwe division Chairperson, the leaders have blamed the security operatives for being so merciless to people something that has raised public outcries in the area.
Local leaders in Masaka City divisions are decrying over
the continued brutality and outright extortion by security operatives enforcing
COVID-19 prevention guidelines in the area.
The leaders have expressed concern about what they describe as unbearable levels of ruthlessness with which the police and army operatives
treat residents while conducting operations to enforce Standard Operating
Led by Michael Mulindwa Nakumusana, the Nyendo-Mukungwe division
Chairperson, the leaders have blamed the security operatives for being so merciless
to people something that has raised public outcries in the area.
Mulindwa indicates that they have received several reports from people
who have suffered beatings by security officers who raid them in their homes
and workplace, before accusing them of flouting Presidential Covid-19
prevention directives. According to him, in many cases, the enforcement teams have fleeced
money from people and on many occasions went away with merchandise of their
suspects; especially evening food vendors in trading centers.
“people are beaten up….
Cue out; ….
“enkyata y’abantu mbi….
Cue out; ….tukisanze
Mulindwa who is also the Nyendo-Mukungwe division COVID-19
taskforce head argues that the security operatives are committing the irregularities
on instructions of Masaka City Resident Commissioner Fred Bamwine, who he says
is covering them up and deliberately dodging whoever seeks audience with him
over the mistreatment.
“I have tried several…..
Cue out; ……this
“naye nga biva….Cue out; …..abantu
Savimbi Mukasa, the Nyendo-Ssenyando division councilor for
Katwe Central ward says that operatives deviated from the real purpose of enforcing
COVID-19 prevention guidelines, alleging that they are now using it as a chance
to harass people over selfish gains and political biases.
(Luganda) “wabula n’abakola emirimo….
Cue out; ….mbeera
Fred Bamwine, the Masaka City Resident Commissioner when
contacted about the matter, blamed the political leadership of inciting the
residents in the area against observing the prevention guidelines despite the surge
of cases in the area.
He refutes claims of harassment by security
operatives, arguing that the political leaders are only maligning them for selfish political scores.
However, while officiating at the handover of the greater Masaka
Regional Police Commander last week, the Uganda Police Force Chief Political Commissar,
AIGP Asan Kasigye cautioned officers against violation of human rights while
executing their duties especially during the enforcement of COVID-19 regulations. He urged the officers to spend time sensitizing the citizens
about the realities of COVID-19 instead of mistreating them.