Bank of Uganda taken to court over military police

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A trailer driver and his conduct have taken Bank of Uganda (BoU) to court over the torture by Military Police officers who were escorting its bullion van.

Through Mulindwa Associates and Co. Advocates, a trailer driver, Waibi Awali and his conductor, Dan Matovu, claim that they lost Shs1.5m and a Tecno phone worth Shs50,000 in a fatal brush with military police.

The incident happened in Mabira Forest, along Jinja-Kampala highway while military police was escorting a BoU bullion van.

According to a report dated February 2, 2017 from Lugazi Police Station, Military Police officers led by Lt. Karugaba and armed with guns, used excessive force on Awali and his turn boy Matovu on January 3, 2017.

Buikwe district Criminal Investigations Director (CID), Fauzia Nakyandiba, who signed the report says Awali, 44, and Matovu, 34, were driving a trailer vehicle Reg No. UAN 068A and UAL 176X along Jinja-Kampala highway, transporting cement from Tororo to Hardware Market Ltd in Kampala, when they met with Military Police in Mabira Forest.

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Awali said he stopped and parked his vehicle on the roadside to allow the van pass but was shocked to be confronted by police officers who dragged him on the tarmac.

He claimed the officers kicked and hit him with the batons leaving both himself and his conductor unconscious.

The two were later rushed to Kawolo Hospital for treatment by police officers from Lugazi station.

Now Hudson Mukasa, the owner of the trailer, says he lost a contract of transporting the cement in which he has been making Shs1.8m per trip.

The suit filed on May 25, 2017 demands that military police officers charged for battery, assault, mis-imprisonment, torture, economic loss and illegal detention of the trailer.

Together with his employees, Mukasa wants Bank of Uganda to pay special damages of Shs4.4m to the complainants.

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