UPDF soldier injured while enforcing Covid-19 directives in Hoima

Mr Julius Allan Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson.

A Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier has been hit and injured while enforcing the presidential directive on curfew at Nyakambugu in Buhanika Sub-county, Hoima District.

Mr Julius Allan Hakiza, the Albertine Regional Police Spokesperson identifies the injured soldier as Mr Lawrence Twere, 23, attached to the UPDF’s 7th Battalion.

He says the soldier was hit on the head with a rock flung by one of the residents who were defying the curfew directive in an incident that occurred at around 8:30pm on Thursday.

Mr Hakiza told this website on Friday that police has so far arrested three suspects to help in investigations. However, he did not reveal their identities for fear of jeopardizing investigations.

He says on interrogation, the culprits disclosed that the attack was pre-planned during a meeting to intercept any security personnel enforcing directives to stop the spread of coronavirus in the area.

The police officer warns civilians against attacking security personnel saying that security organs will not tolerate civilians’ indiscipline being meted out to security agents.

Download audio: Mr Hakiza on attack (English)

Mr Twere who is nursing his wound says it has become common for drunkards at Kinubi trading centre in Mparo Division, Hoima Municipality and Buhanika sub-county to hurl rocks at security personnel enforcing President Yoweri Museveni’s directives.

Download audio: Mr Twere on attack (Luganda)

President Museveni announced a curfew beginning from 7pm to 6am but some residents at the periphery of Hoima town and outside the town are seen travelling past the time though the president is yet to lift it.

Bars and salons at the suburb and outside Hoima town fully operate under closed doors despite the restriction to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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