By Solomon Ebong, Kamdini
Kamdini, Oyam—28, June 2020: Local Defense Units (LDUs) personnel attached to Kamdini police station in Oyam district carried out a brutal operation on Saturday in Amati trading centre, Kamdini Town Council aimed at implementing the government’s directive to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
In executing this, they ended up beating up a man of around 60 years to death.
According to Peter Obua, the LC 1 chairperson Amati, a man identified as Francis Ogwang Munu was returning from a clan meeting and had just branched to a local restaurant to have a late lunch at about 5pm.
According to the above local leader, soon the armed men invaded the place and started beating up the people who had gathered at the centre doing different businesses.
Francis (the deceased) was cornered at the eating place and was severely beaten till he was unconscious, LC1 leader, Peter Obua told TND News on Sunday.
The LDUs, who were six in total, also destroyed items mostly of foodstuffs and pushed down some stalls.
Some community members also sustained injuries and have reported to Kamdini police Station an assault case, according to the village chairperson.
This digital publication has learnt that the members of the community became aggressive after seeing one of their own laying down unconscious forcing the LDUs to push back, Richard Ebong, an eyewitness told our Kamdini-based correspondent.
Half dead by that time, the deceased was rushed to New Clinic in Kamdini from where he breathed off.
According to Michael Odongo, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson, the LDUs had gone for the operation without the knowledge of their superior.
Mr Odongo says the police are still carrying out its investigation on the matter.
The deceased corpse was taken to Lira Regional Hospital mortuary for a postmortem. According to postmortem report, the deceased was hit with the gun butt several times, injuring his kidney.
Since the invasion of the deadly corona pandemic in Uganda, government came up with different measures aimed at minimizing the spread, including social distancing, use of masks, and observation of the curfew, among others.
These directives outlined above are being enforced by the armed forces and the local leaders, including LDUs and district task forces.
Some of these measures have not been welcomed by most community members as it affects their day-to-day livelihood and in most parts of the country, the enforcers have been seen battling the community to the extent of killing or injuring them.