Police, leaders clash over brutal law enforcement

Curfew law has birthed conflict between Ugandan police and legislators [Image: courtesy]
Uganda—Leaders in Luweero District have castigated law enforcers for using excessive forces while enforcing the Covid-19 induced curfew.

This follows a crackdown by police in Wobulenzi Town Council last week, which left two people nursing bullet wounds. One of the victims succumbed to injuries yesterday.

Mr. Erasto Kibirango, the Luweero District chairperson, said between July and October the district registered more than two deaths and about 30 residents have sustained injuries as police enforce curfew guidelines.

“The police’s actions are brutal, costing dear lives while many innocent residents are left maimed. It is very irresponsible for the police to use live ammunition on unarmed civilians,” Mr Kibirango said.

He added: “While the police claim that the officers involved in the murder of the two people were apprehended, the continued application of brutality in enforcing curfew guidelines cannot be entertained.

Luweero Distict Woman MP Brenda Nabukenya and Katikamu South MP Hassan Kirumira said while the police have the mandate to enforce the curfew, the number of causalities caused by the enforcement is worrying.

“We have lost lives and many get serious injuries each time the police try to enforce the curfew guidelines. The two death that we registered in Zirobwe subcounty should be the last.” Ms Nabukenya said.

She added: “The victims were killed by trigger with happy police officers. We have petitioned the police authorities to rein in their reckless officers, but we are yet to succeed.”