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Police Officer Investigated for Assaulting Village Chairman

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By APN Reporter

Ntungamo

Security team in Ntungamo have started investigation the police officer in charge Ruhaama sub county police Station Muhoozi Charles over assaulting the Nyakagando village chairperson   Saturday Ernest Kamanda on Friday afternoon.

Muhoozi and another police officer allegedly assaulted Kamanda at Nyakagando trading center after he asked him not to brutalize people in the trading center where the latter also owns some businesses.

Kamanda says the police officer pulled him from a lorry he was being driven in after he asked him why he was brutalizing people who were just standing and walking in the road while they were not doing things against the lockdown.

“I asked why they were beating up my people who had not made any offense, they were beating up everyone during the day yet it was not curfew hours, he said he had wanted me for long and ordered the uniformed police officer who had a gun to beat me up. He used the butt of the gun to hit me and as he tried to stab me I put on the hand which he passed a bayonet through. 

They hit me using a gun butt on the ribs and wanted to shoot me but the GISO saved me, he got hold of the officer with the gun and that’s when Muhoozi also beat me up as I was in the ground.”  Kamanda revealed.

The Ntungamo resident district commissioner George Bakunda confirmed the incident saying the police officers shall be investigated. He said he had referred Kamanda to the officer in charge crime investigations Ntungamo district police to file a case which they will follow up since it may escalate and fail the relationship between security and local councils in the fight against COVID-19.

Kamanda said he had recorded statement at police and entered the case into the criminal registry book.

 Muhoozi told daily monitor that he was forced to manhandle Kamanda after he verbally abused him as he addressed a gathering of people on his sensitization at Nyakagando trading centre.

He said Kamanda accused him of addressing the people in a gathering and that he had been wanted for operating a bar where some of his employees were fighting almost every night even during the curfew.

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