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Victims of Night Curfew Operations in Fort Portal Nursing Injuries

Henry Namara, a food street vendor in Kisenyi Central Division Fort Portal City says that on Wednesday night policemen while enforcing the curfew beat him.
15 Oct 2021 10:56
Henry Namara one of the victims displays injuries he sustained.

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Two residents of Fort Portal City are nursing injuries they sustained at the hands of the Police during night curfew operations.  

Henry Namara, a food street vendor in Kisenyi Central Division Fort Portal City says that on Wednesday night policemen while enforcing the curfew beat him. Namara says that as he tried to flee from further beatings, he fell in hot cooking oil and sustained injuries on the head, face and hands.

Namara says that although he tried to seek treatment, he his struggling to meet the costs.

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Monica Nyakato who owns a shop in Kisenyi Fort Portal says that the police brutalized and detained his son Gerald Atuhura 22, who had gone to pick her from her shop work on Wednesday at 8:30 pm. Nyakato says that when he tried to save her son, Nyakato was also not spared from the beatings.

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Gilbert Kayondo an activist with Action Front for Good Governance a Non-governmental organization, which promotes Human Rights, faulted the police for not heeding President Museveni’s warning against the torture of civilians.

In August, Museveni cautioned security personnel against using excessive force.

Museveni also said that he will sensitize the security forces against human rights abuses and those who will refuse to reform will be dealt with, with a firm hand.

Kayondo asked the police leadership in the region and the Inspector General of Police to intervene and reprimand the police officers. 

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Jorum Bintamanya another activist says police should act responsibly while enforcing curfew and stop brutalizing residents.

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Lorika Emily, the Kabarole District Police Commander says that investigations into the incident have commenced. He says that the implicated police officers will be tasked to foot the hospital bills of the victims.

In May, the police arrested one of their own Charles Chuma following the death of Patrick Mugume, a resident of Kitumba ward Fort Portal, who died in the hands of police under unclear circumstances.  Mugume had been arrested for violating curfew.

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