Cops arrested for torturing pregnant woman

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Police is holding two officers and a member of a village defence unit for reportedly beating up a pregnant woman for breaching coronavirus guidelines.

The Presidential Press Unit said in a statement that the arrest was ordered by President Museveni on receiving reports of the alleged beating and torture of Mercy Nakate by the security operatives.

Nakate, 23, a resident of Busega, Kibumbiro village in Rubaga Division, Kampala, was reportedly beaten on March 27 by a group of policemen and village defence unit officials who were conducting a patrol.

According to Nakate, who is seven-months pregnant, on the fateful night she had moved out of her house to buy a herbal remedy (emumbwa), when rain forced her to seek shelter at a common makeshift socialisation facility used by residents.

“It was then that the policemen who were on patrol found us and immediately began beating us. The other people ran away but given my condition, I could not run. They descended on me, hitting and kicking me despite my cries for mercy,” she said.

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The following day, she reported the case at the nearby police station, but the officer in charge reportedly convinced her to drop the matter in exchange for medical support.

Museveni learnt about the incident on Friday and directed Lt Col Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, to investigate the matter.

Detectives were dispatched to Kibumbiro Village where they arrested Constables Francis Mpande and Noah Massajjage, who were in charge of the patrol exercise.

A one Asiimwe Junior, a member of a village defence unit, was also arrested.

The suspects are detained at Nateete Police Station as they await to be charged.

A one Edirisa Kitooke, a Parish Intelligence Security Officer, and another only identified as Ndawula, who were reportedly part of the operation, are on the run.

Nakate was taken for medical examination and care by a team led by the Director Police Health Services, Dr Moses Byaruhanga.

The team was directed to attend to her until she gives birth.

Credit: Daily Monitor

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