Social rights activist Namatta Annette largely famed by her alias Nana Mwafrika Mbarikiwa is apparently trapped in the Naguru police headquarter premises where she has since morning camped in a ‘sit down’ protest. The activists confirms that she is under police custody as she is not allowed to leave the premises.
Nana, a regular regime critique has exclusively reveals to our reporter that she is apparently in an insecure situation. Her vehicle is once again surrounded in a replica style similar to the ugly April 2019 events that cost her a uterus when police officers led by Alupo Margaret maltreated her. “I am under attack but I’ll not tire from seeking accountability for the police brutality meted out on harmless citizens of this country,” Nana revealed in a phone call. “I will not leave this place until I meet the IGP, Martin Okoth Ochola and ask him to rein into the brutality of his gendarme,” she adds moments before she hangs up.
By the time of filing this report, Nana intimated that she had been arrested and is currently being driven to Jinja road police station on handcuffs. She says her vehicle containing her cash valuables, households and documents has been grounded at Naguru police. “My property and valuables have been left at Naguru police. They didn’t let me record my items. They are driving me to probably Jinja road police. I’m yet to be handcuffed and probably won’t be able to communicate again,” she added, moments before her phone hang up.
The Uganda Police Force, Local Defence Unit and Uganda People’s Defence Forces have been under fire over the escalating violence on civilians during the implementation of the presidential covid guidelines. A recent BBC report cited several documented deaths of civilians killed mainly by police and the notorious LDU. About 12 known incidents and several undocumented scenarios have been reported. What is consistent with all the murders is the fact that police rarely apprehends its men in uniform unless the issue is accorded maximum press and public attention.