COVID19: UPDF Soldier Loses Eye while Enforcing Night Curfew

A UPDF soldier has been admitted at Gulu hospital after he was attacked while enforcing presidential directives on curfew.

The victim, who was identified as RA/236807 Pte Alex Niwanyine of 71st Battalion, lost his eye in the attack.

The UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire made the pronouncement on his official Twitter handle on Sunday.

“He lost his eye when violently attacked in Bibia as he enforced directives to prevent COVID 19. Such incidents emerging including pelting stones at security forces must stop,” Karemire Tweeted.

Niwanyine, who is an escort of the Resident District Commissioner Amuru District, was attacked by a civilian in Bibia Town Council around 8:30pm as he was asking people to close their shops.

The culprit identified as Stephen Olibia has been arrested and is now in police custody in Amuru.

On Friday 10 April 2020 while speaking to reporters at Uganda Media Center, Karemire cautioned any one attacking security forces that they will pay a huge price.

“We have continued to register incidents of people pelting stones at forces on patrol. These have occurred in the districts of Kabale, Rukiga and Isingiro in Western Uganda,” said Karemire.

“Our appeal remains the same that please, don’t obstruct the security forces while on duty. Don’t put your fingers in fire because you are going to get burnt by doing these silly things,” Karemire warned.

Other incidents of stone pelting have been reported in Busia municipality and Moroto district.

Uganda continued to enforce a lockdown to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.

All 555 samples tested on Saturday, were negative for COVID-19.

The number of discharged patients is now 4 including the index case.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda stands at 53.

Security forces, the UPDF mouthpiece said, are doing a noble job, working hand in hand with the rest of the population to ensure tye country wins the war against COVID 19.

“The security forces will continue to operate firmly and legally. Their unmatched high level of discipline should however not be overstretched and taken for granted,” said Karemire.

“We need total cooperation of the public in order to save our people and country from extinction at the hands of COVID19. There will be very heavy punishment on any body caught in the act,” he emphasised

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