Mr. Mukama John, a 50 year old resident of Isingiro has died after a long time battle with sustained injuries from a scuffle with police officers guised as curfew enforcers.
The father of five is said to have met his ill fate in the infant days of the presidential directive when the first fortnight of the lockdown was announced. The deceased Mukama could not wait for the next morning as this could have led to the death of his sickly child. He beat all odds and risked to save a life of his infant. He encountered a road block of police officers who meted out violence on him as he laboured to explain why he was outside in curfew time. According to Dennis Rwejuna, the brother to the deceased, police officers deliberately refused to listen to Mukama. “He told them about the sick child but all they did was beat him the more,” says Rwejuna. “They afterwards took him to the police cells where he fell sick and his health deteriorated,” he adds.
Jane Mukama, the deceased’s wife says her husband was later rushed to a local clinic where he was initially admitted. “When he collapsed in the police cells, they rushed him to KK Clinic for first aid. The clinic doctor feared reprisals and referred him to Isingiro main hospital,” she says.
Dr. Asaph Atungire says he could not risk handling a patient in such a condition. “The police officers dumped him in my clinic and ordered me to work on him. I told them I was incapable of handling him. I asked them to take him to the main hospital,” he says. It is at this hospital that the deceased Mukama has been under treatment till he breathed his last today. The police officers who allegedly tortured him to death have already denied the claims.
John Mukama’s death comes just a day after the demise of Evalyne Namulondo, a food vendor who succumbed to police bullet wounds in Jinja referral hospital.