In implementing Museveni’s directives, “the poor are badly tormented”


An LDU man [L] orders a Kampala female vendor off the street. In Gulu, one is nursing grave bodily injuries. Courtesy photo.

  • In Gulu Municipality, northern Uganda, a poor woman who opted to ‘defy’ some of the directives because she needed to work to feed her family, is now in grave pain

The effect of COVID-19 on some Ugandans who haven’t tested positive is much worrying than those in mandatory quarantine.

This notion can be defended when you observe the manner in which some security forces [armed and unarmed] are implementing President Museveni’s directives; on curfew and “stay at home”.

Whereas the curfew is not debatable, for a security personnel to torture a poor person during the day, leading to bodily injury – is complete violation of fundamental human rights.

Since the President announced partial lockdown, a fortnight ago, Ugandans were urged to stay home; follow Ministry of Health guidelines, and directives issued by the Head of State, to stem the further spread of coronavirus.

However, the President did direct that those selling food items should continue – while following and observing safety guidelines.

People in the category allowed to operate, briefly, are those selling fast foods while boda bodas have been directed to stop cargo delivery by 2pm, daily

In Gulu Municipality, northern Uganda, a poor woman who opted to ‘defy’ some of the directives because she needed to work to feed her family, is now in grave pain.

Joyce Alanyo is a resident of Kanyagoga parish in Bar-dege division, Gulu Municipality.

She is nursing serious injuries at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital after she was badly burnt by ‘her cooking oil’.

Acayo in pain. Photo by Chowoo Willy – in Gulu Municipality
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This is because a law enforcement officer, one Kilama George Auda, attached to the Bar-dege division was ‘implementing the President directives’.

According to sources, Mr Kilama found Acayo cooking food for sale by the road side and kicked her frying pan which had hot cooking oil.

“He didn’t ask why she was cooking by road-side, he just got violent,” TND News learnt, from one of the sources.

“A big amount of the hot cooking oil dropped on Acayo’s chest and on her head,” another source reveals.

Patrick Jimmy Okema – the Aswa Regional Police Spokesperson, told this contemporary digital newspaper on Good Friday that: “He has been apprehended, now at Gulu Central Police Station.”

Mr Okema, however, didn’t disclose to our reporter the charges levied against the suspect.


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