Masaka: Leaders of people with disability demand justice for member attacked by husband

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Masaka: Leaders of people with disability demand justice for member attacked by husband
Catherine Nakuya with her children.

The  leaders of persons with disability in greater Masaka have  stormed police demanding justice for their members whose home was attacked and property destroyed by her husband.

The leaders blamed Bukulula police CID officer, Ronnie Kikomeko for failure to arrest Michael Katende, the estranged husband of their colleague Catherine Nakuya a resident of Bukulula village in Kalungu district.

Katende is accused of breaking into his mother-in-law's house, taking out Nakuya's belongings, including a wheelchair that she uses in moving from one place to another, and setting them on fire.

"I am still in shock and fear for my life," said Nakuya, a 27-year-old mother of two.

"I had escaped from my husband's violence on December, 25, 2023 and was seeking refuge at my mother's home but he followed me and destroyed everything I had. The man used to beat me badly and the day I escaped, I asked him for sugar to give our children tea, he beat me badly as he said that he helped me by loving me because I'm a lame person. He never wanted to give me support for our two children.”

Nakuya's mother, Matilda Namulema, added, "My daughter was already going through a difficult time after her divorce. Now she has lost everything. We demand justice and protection from the police." That man is violent. He always comes here and abuses me using obscene words.”

Nakuya and her mother Namulema said they reported  the matter to Bukulula police station in Kalungu district but they  have not got  justice after the CID Ronnie Kikomeko told  Nakuya to look for her husband on her own and bring him to the police.

"Despite the challenges in moving, I managed to get him but still I wasn’t helped after the CID Kikomeko told me that I do not have enough evidence and the man is moving freely,He  always threatens  me and promises to do  a bigger  thing than he did,” Nakuya stated.

Shafiq Mwanje, leader of the disabled community, said, "We are outraged by the police's inaction. They failed to protect Nakuya and her children. We demand answers and justice."

However, the CID officer Kikomeko defended himself, saying, "We summoned Katende to explain the allegations, but he is currently on the run. We are waiting for him to come forward before we can take action."

The Southern region Police Spokesperson Twaha Kasirye assured the public that police are hunting for Katende and urged anyone with information to contact the nearest police station.

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