ELEGU BORDER, AMURU DISCTRICT:
A joint COVID19 security force led by the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen. David Muhoozi and the DIGP Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeeyi this past Saturday swung in action at Elegu border point in Amuru district and arrested several army and police personnel who tortured several women that were found holed up in a rented houses during curfew hours.
The soldiers claimed they were enforcing President Museveni’s directives to stem the spread of Coronavirus in Uganda.
The security forces stormed Ms. Auma Margaret, the Chairperson for Elegu Women Cross-boarder Traders Savings and Credit cooperative Society and rounded up the men and women in the rented rooms, some of whom were naked.
The soldiers and police frog-matched, beat up and forced women to roll in the mud.
Defence spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire said the forces who “administered canes to the women” violated “the standard operation procedure” and would face trial.
“The UPDF soldiers will appear before the 4 Division Court in Gulu on Tuesday,” said Karemire.
Women rights activists have since condemned the humiliation which has as well sparked nationwide outrage.
The women said the caning of their buttocks was extremely dreadful, painful and worst experience ever.
Cases of security forces especially LDUs beating up people have been on the rise since the president ordered a night curfew to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
The arrested police officers include; ASP Richard Barenzi, Sgt. Charles Musasizi, Cpl Jacob Odongo, PC Moses Opado, PC Augustine Opio, PC Bosco Okello, PC Jimmy Okello, PC Richard Sentamu, PC Constantine Byamukama, PC Nelson Funga and PC Allan Busingye while the army officers include Lance Corporal Constantine Awinyi Abor, Pt Muhammed Makanga, Pt John Mack Eboku, Pt Robert Mutenga, Pt Silverster Ayo and Pt. Emma Ahimbisibwe.