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UPDF Warns Public Against Attacking Officers Enforcing Covid-19 SOPs

UPDF Warns Public Against Attacking Officers Enforcing Covid-19 SOPs

UPDF has warned the public against attacking officers as they enforce Covid SOPs. They say they will not hesitate to defend themselves. The UPDF spokesperson Brig Flavia Byekwaso said during security briefing.

She was commenting about the incident where a soldier shot dead a boda boda rider. Apparently this cyclist, John Atugonza violated the presidents’ directives.

“The deceased, John Akugonza, 28, tried to force his way into a roadblock and knocked a private. When the private walked up, he fired to disable the boda boda rider from running away and wounded him but unfortunately, he was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital where he was taken,” Byekwaso said.

The UPDF soldier on the other hand, is receiving treatment as investigations are still going on.

Brig Flavia, said in the same way around Wakiso, a one Musoke tried to disarm one of their officers but failed. She sounded a serious warning to the public against such incidents.

“I sound a strong warning to perpetrators of such acts that they will be dealt with because soldiers under such threats will have no option but to defend themselves.”

She adds that there are times, soldiers also shoot out of anger when provoked and therefore, attacking officers comes off as a bad idea.

“Where soldiers are conducting their patrols and doing their work, there are guidelines to be followed. But some things go out of their way and out of anger they are forced to shoot.”

There have been so many stories around the security officers and the public and most of them turned into deaths. The government needs to address this especially now that there is a new lockdown.

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