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By Mulengera Reporter

The Ugandan army has arrested four of its officers for manhandling Mityana District LCV Chairman Joseph Luzige after he told them to stop brutalising civilians under the guise of enforcing the curfew directive put in place as one of the measures in the fight against the Covid19 pandemic.

Luzige says he was driving to Mityana General Hospital on Tuesday evening when he met a helpless woman who had just been beaten up by the security personnel to the point that her leg was fractured and she was bleeding. But when he tried to tell the officers to stop assaulting people, they shouted at him and told him he was not their commander and should therefore refrain from ordering them around. They even went ahead to assault him, he said.

Hours later, UPDF Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire told reporters four officers would face the military court for manhandling Luzige. He identified the four as L/Cpl Simon Peter Anguria, Pte Simon Odeke, Pte Caroline Musundi, and Pte Isaac Okello.

Also Defence Ministry Publicist, Karemire further warned that the military would continue to hold individual officers responsible for their actions. He cited a recent court judgement in Kasese where a soldier was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment for killing a local church leader, as well as Tuesday’s military court ruling in which LDU personnel were sentenced to life imprisonment over the murder of a 65-year old in Oyam District.

Meanwhile, Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi has dispatched top military officers to Mityana to make an on-spot assessment and talk with both the district leaders and the district security committee on the matter. The team includes Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, the Deputy Commander Land Force (D/CLF), Maj Gen Sam Kawaga, First Division Commander, and Maj Gen Henry Masiko, the Chief of Political Commissar (CPC).

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