The People Power spokesperson and intending Nakawa MP hopeful, Joel Ssenyonyi has added his voice to the ongoing condemnation of the excess use of force by armed security forces.
Ssenyonyi’s attention was drawn to the July, 8 Wednesday night incident where a one Nelly Kalema, a Boda Boda cyclist was severely beaten by police officers who were manning the curfew time. It is said that Kalema, a resident of Bukoto 2 in Nakawa division, Kampala was riding a sickly woman to hospital at about 20:00hrs when they encountered two police officers on duty. The officers charged at them and beat up the passenger with a baton and Nelly lost control of the Boda Boda and got a deadly accident that prompted him to sustain critical head injuries.
Police did not help the victims as they left them lying unconscious on the roadside. Ssenyonyi, today paid visit to Kalema and the woman who are nursing serious wounds in a local Nakawa clinic. “Nelly Kalema is a resident of Bukoto 2 parish in Nakawa division. Last night at about 9pm, he was rushing a lady to hospital on his motorbike. Two police officers on a police bike intercepted them and beat the woman with a baton. Nelly lost balance and fell, leaving him injured. But why!,” Ssenyonyi emotionally reveals in a Facebook post.
Kalema’s case joins the plethora of brutality cases committed by the armed forces since the country announced a lockdown. About 20 known documented deaths linked to police brutality have been registered since the start of covid in Uganda. The public outrage over the endless murders has reportedly compelled the commander in chief, Gen. Yoweri Museveni to suspend the activities of the LDU militia wing which has been highly cited as the leading messengers of agony among Ugandans.