Namata Annette a lady with a daring character and a passionate activist was in April involved in a severe beating in Naguru. She had arranged a peaceful Free Bobi Wine protest in which she sought explanations from the IGP over the way police was defying parliament’s orders to restrain People Power fountain, Bobi Wine from holding his music concerts.
On a fateful day when she drove to Naguru to deliver her written notice of the demo to the IGP as stipulated by the Public order management act 2013, Nana encountered a full battalion of readily armed Field force unit police. The heavily armed cops were under the command of a ‘no nonsense’ officer called Alupo Margaret. She ordered for the blockage and arrest of Nana who back then carried a seven months baby in her womb.
According to Nana, she was dragged out of her vehicle by Alupo herself who instituted a thorough beating after pepper spraying her directly in the face to suffocate her and the baby. She regained her consciousness on a hospital bed with doctors nodding by her side in empathy for the seven months foetus. “I was told to choose between operating the baby out of me and retaining it in my ruptured womb at a risk of both I and the baby losing our lives”, says Nana as tears roll out of her eyes. “My baby was operated out of me and kept in an incubator. My ruptured uterus was also detached from me”, she adds.
Months after the brutal scenario, Nana walks with support of clutches and a househelp to watch over her. For Alupo Margaret, she thought the game would end at that. She is reportedly freely doing her police work in Naguru where she even lives. It should be remembered that the IGP, Martin Okoth Ochola clearly stated that police officers would individually be held accountable for their actions.
Nana’s case will kick off tomorrow at High court, Twed towers in Kampala. In a post on her Facebook, Nana confirms “Alupo and other police persons beat and bruised my little baby before he even ever hurt or offended anyone! Forcing him prematurely out of my womb and causing my womb (uterus) too to get cut out! Tomorrow Wednesday 21st August Uganda police, Iran Uganda Hospital and I are at High court civil division Tweed towers at Noon to give the judiciary a chance at doing the right thing.
Police stop senseless torture to citizens!
Let’s stand in solidarity with commander Nana Mwafrika Mbarikiwa who lost her uterus after being brutalized by Uganda police.”