In the past weeks, security personnel in the district have under criticism for brutalizing healthy workers. On Sunday night, a police officer who was enforcing curfew assaulted and injured Muhammad Byaruhanga, an orthopaedist at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.
The Resident District Commissioner Kabale Darius Nandinda has
apologized to health workers in the district for being harassed by security personnel
enforcing the Covid-19 presidential directives.
In the past weeks, security personnel in the district have under criticism
for brutalizing healthy workers. On Sunday night, a police officer who was
enforcing curfew assaulted and injured Muhammad Byaruhanga, an orthopaedist at Kabale
Regional Referral Hospital.
Byaruhanga was beaten at 9:00 pm as he was returning home. This
caused uproar against security with some of the locals demanding the sacking of
During the district Covid-19 task force meeting held on Thursday
at District Council hall, Dr Johnson Bitungwa, the head of Psycho social support
on the District Covid-19 Taskforce told Nandinda that before
Byaruhanga’s beating, security officers two weeks ago had assaulted Kenneth
Niwagaba, the nursing officer at Kabale regional referral hospital and the head
of Covid-19 treatment facility.
Bitungwa says that Niwagaba
was heading to the hospital at around 8:00 pm to attend to a Covid-19 patient
who required Oxygen. Bitungwa adds that security personnel also last week assaulted an
intern nurse who was heading home in Butobere at around 6:30 pm.
Bitungwa wondered why security is continuing to brutalize health
workers yet they are categorized as essential workers sacrificing their lives to attend to
Alfred Besigensi, Kabale District Health Officer said that he was
also assaulted when he tried to rescue a health worker who had been intercepted
by security personnel while heading to work in Maziba sub-county.
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However, in his response, Nandinda apologized to the health
workers describing the incidents as unfortunate. Nandinda says that investigations
into Byaruhanga’s beating are currently ongoing and officers who took part will
be held responsible as individuals.
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Henry Kisembo, the Kigezi region Police Field Force Unit (FFU) Commander
says that some health workers provoke the security personnel which results in