Members of Parliament have expressed concern over the delay to update the nation on the matter regarding the traffic police officer who was shot and injured in the leg by a Uganda Defense Forces-UPDF soldier while on duty.
In a plenary sitting chaired by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, the MPs said they are yet to receive any information on the matter which they believe is unfair to the Police Officer who has had to lose his leg as a result of the shooting.
Police Constable Robert Mukebezi was on January 21, 2022 shot at by the UPDF officer as he tried to tow the Toyota Prado TX military vehicle with registration number H4DF 1391 following a minor accident. The vehicle had knocked a Kobil fuel-pump signpost in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb.
It’s alleged that a disagreement broke out after soldiers in a nearby stationed double cabin demanded that the military vehicle be towed to Mbuya military barracks instead of the Police station as Mukebezi had wanted.
The soldier, who is currently at large following the incident has been identified as Maj. Okua Alfa and belongs to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.
The MPs say the issue of Military officers abusing their powers has been going on for some time now and nothing has been done yet. They cited several incidences where security officers shot and injured people.
The House was reminded of an incident in 2019 when Major General Matayo Kyaligonza and his bodyguards assaulted Esther Namaganda, a traffic officer as she stopped them from making a U-turn in the middle of the road in Seeta-Mukono district.
While the UPDF came out to condemn the act of shooting people, the MPs wondered why sister organizations in security would be behaving in such a manner and demanded that justice this time around has to be served.
Anita said that when she visited Mukebezi in hospital, she was informed that he is the breadwinner of his family and that his children are out of school and yet he has lost one of his legs.
The traffic officer’s leg was amputated because the bullet had severely damaged the main artery in his leg.
Seeing that the Minister of Security was not around to respond to the MP’s concern, Thomas Tayebwa (Government Chief Whip) rose to request for a week’s time to allow Government do the necessary investigations and come up with a comprehensive response on the matter.
Anita also guided that the response should include an update on the treatment and compensation due to Mukebezi.