Police in the Island district of Kalangala are holding 22 people who attacked and beat up the area District Police Commander as he attempted to arrest them for violating the curfew.
Benon Byamukama, who is admitted to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, was on Thursday, July 30, hit with a club on the head as he attempted to arrest people from a bar in Kalangala Town.
Chris Ashaba, the Officer in Charge of criminal investigations at Kalangala Central Police Station, said the people in the bar first resisted arrest by a team of other police officers and when Byamukama later intervened, he was attacked.
“Our preliminary investigations show that one woman pretended as if she was walking out of the drinking joint and she hit him with a bottle on the head,” Ashaba said.
Kalangala Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Daniel Kikoola cautioned residents against attacking armed personnel on duty.
“Our people should desist from provoking armed security personnel on duty. If the DPC had reacted in a similar manner, how many civilians could have been shot in that bar?” he posed.
Senior police officers have recently embarked on sensitizing the public on adhering to the curfew and all Standard Operating Procedures as outlined by the Ministry of Health and government which have met resistance and complacency.
A number of cases have been registered in which civilian individuals have attacked police officers who were enforcing such guidelines, with some sustaining severe injuries.
On April 5, a reserve force officer, Mr. Willy Jjuuko attached to Miwuula Police Station in Kalungu District was pelted with stones and got injured as he tried, with his colleagues, to stop a group of unruly youth who were playing football beyond 7pm.