The victims were shot by soldiers of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces –UPDF, Uganda Police Force –UPF and Local Defence Units –LDUs who were enforcing orders intended to curb the spread of the contagious diseases.
Six lives have been lost in the hands of security agencies implementing COVID-19 guidelines over the last 75 days when the country was under a lockdown which was declared to contain the spread of the deadly disease.
were shot by soldiers of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces –UPDF, Uganda Police Force –UPF and
Local Defence Units –LDUs who were enforcing orders
intended to curb the spread of the contagious diseases.
They include Margret Nanyunja,
80, who died after LDUs raided her home in Kyengera Town Council along Masaka road in
Wakiso District on April 10. The LDU personnel allegedly ransacked Nanyunja’s
home claiming of his grandson had defied COVID-19 orders. Her grandson Andrew Mbazira
later told journalists that LDUs raided their home at around 1 am and beat up her
grandmother when she asked them for a search warrant.
opened the house, our eyes landed on security personnel. They forcefully entered.
My grandmother was in the sofa set and she quickly questioned them why they had
come in wee hours of the night,” Mbazira said.
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a resident of Budaka district was shot by policemen on April 18. Budaka District Police Commander –DPC Shadia Nabunya told journalists that Kawono had carried
a passenger on a motorcycle which was against President Yoweri Museveni’s ban
on public transport. Nabunya
said Kawono disobeyed an order to stop prompting a policeman to
shoot the motorcycle tyre but he accidentally shot directly at Kawono causing his death.
a resident of Budhumbuli, in Jinja town, was shot in the stomach by security personnel
in camouflage when she was going to purchase her stall’s merchandise on a
motorcycle. It was at around 5 am and she later succumbed to bullet wounds at
a Chappati seller in Jinja said she heard gunshots and only realised that someone had been shot after seeing
Namulondo groaning in pain. While in
the hospital before her death, Namulondo said she spent some minutes seeking to be evacuated
to a hospital in vain. Nevertheless, a Boda-boda cyclist rode her to Jinja hospital
where she died three days later.
a businessman also died after he was allegedly clobbered by soldiers and policemen
led by the interdicted Jinja Resident District Commissioner –RDC Erick Sakwa, on accusations
of defying President Museveni’s orders. The RDC was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
The case regarding Sanga’s death is currently in court.
a resident of Wakiso town council was also shot and killed on March 31 on accusations
that he was riding a motorcycle against COVID-19 orders. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango said Serungi’s
suspected killer Constable Stephen Wafula was arrested and charged with murder
in Mukono Court.
The UPDF First Division Spokesperson Maj Yusuf Katamba said UPDF had taken the necessary action to penalize all those that have beaten
civilians during Covid19 lockdown.
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that have died, there many who are still nursing bullet wounds. Shadia Kauda, a
resident of Kiwanga, Goma Division, in Mukono district was shot in the thigh by
police chasing youth allegedly disobeying Covid19 orders.
and Kasim Ssebudde were shot at Misindye, Goma Division, in Mukono Municipality.
The duo was shot on March 27 while heading to a construction site on their own
motorcycle with a bag of building implements.