Security has denied reports that it beat a man in Kyengera, Wakiso district while enforcing the presidential directive on curfew.
Social media was over the weekend awash with reports that Ronald Mark Kizito, a student of law was beaten on Saturday evening by Local Defence Unit personnel in his home compound while enforcing curfew.
The gruesome photos depicted Kizito badly beaten with blood all over his face.
However, according to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, said the reports are not true but noted they are investigating the same.
He said that according to the victim and eyewitnesses, Kizito was beaten by locals after being suspected of having tried to rape a woman.
“The incident happened on Saturday at around 1:00am when Ronald Kizito was beaten in the area of Nkokonjeru B zone after he allegedly trespassed by jumping over some ones wall fence. He entered the compound,” Onyango said in a statement.
“Kizito was arrested by the watchman but instead he started fighting the guard which prompted the residents to make alarm thus attracting the neighbours who came. The neighbours carried out mob action on Kizito before he was brought to the police that night.
According to Onyango, on being taken to police, he was not detained but was taken to hospital to get treatment before being detained.
The Police mouthpiece rubbished the social media reports that Kizito had been beaten by LDUs while enforcing presidential directives on coronavirus.
“No security personnel were involved in the predicament of the victim.”
President Museveni recently warned security personnel against beating members of the public while enforcing his directives on coronavirus .