Security officials in Kabale District yesterday dispersed mourners at the burial of the late Amon Paddy Amanya, a businessman in Kabale town for defying President Yoweri Museveni’s directive on COVID- 19.
Amanya was found killed by unknown assailants on Tuesday and his body dumped on the roadside in Kitumba Sub County, Kabale district.
Amanya’s body was taken to Kabale regional referral hospital mortuary until Friday evening when it was taken home in Bugongi, as they waited for Johnson Bakashaba the Bishop of Revival Outreach Ministries Bakashaba, who was in the United States of America to preside over the funeral service.
As Hundreds of mourners gathered at Emmaus Bile School playground in Bugongi and held the usual burial service. Shockingly during the service, heavily armed security officials led by Kabale Resident District Commissioner Darius Nadinda and the Kabale District LC5 Chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa, stormed the funeral service and demanded that they leave immediately.
On seeing security officials, mourners fled fearing arrest. The officials were also surprised to find the funeral service was being provided security by police officers attached to Kabale police station.
Sargent Kenneth Asiimwe, a police officer attached to Field Force Unit at Kabale police station who was later arrested said that they were deployed on orders of Dan Byaruhanga, Deputy Kigezi Region Police Commander.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Nahamya, UPDF Commander of 19th Battalion blasts local people for not following Museveni’s preventive measures on coronavirus.