Mbale Journo Nursing Injuries after Being Battered by Police

By Julius Wetondo

Sam Welikhe, a journalist working with Elgon fm radio in Mbale city was on Monday beaten seriously and injured by police during curfew time.

According to Welikhe, he was beaten at 6 pm in Busiu town council  while on his way  going back home from duty.

He adds that police officer attached to Busiu police station commanded by OC Darius Owio intercepted him on a roadblock and they started beating him with a stick on the head although he tried to inform them that he was a journalist by showing them the identification.

Welikhe also says that he is currently feeling lots of pains in the head where he needs serious medical attention after being beaten seriously.

However, Juliet Namasa and Sarah Nekese all residents from Busiu town council condemned the manner under which police behaved on a journalist and on locals these days as they implement the presidential directives.

They add that most of the bars have been closed after the presidential directives  by some at the area owned by  OC of Busiu police station Darius Owio are operating which is unfair.

Residents urged the DPC of Mbale to intervene in the matter such that these police officers and OC who are behaving unprofessionally can be punished.

Rogers Tayitika, the Elgon region police spokesperson has condemned what police did saying that the law is going to catch up with the OC who was commanding the operation as a person.

He adds that he is going to investigate the issue of bars operating saying that if proven right he will be dealt with as a person.

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