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Coronavirus: Ugandan Army warns to fight back in case of attack during their curfew operations

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The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) has warned that it will not hesitate to fight back in case of any attack while enforcing the presidential directives on coronavirus, especially the night curfew.

On Saturday night a UPDF soldier who was enforcing the curfew was attacked in Amuru and hit with an iron bar that inured him badly.

The night curfew which starts at 7pm and ends at 6:30am was announced by President Museveni on March 31 as part of the Covid-19 preventive measures.

UPDF spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire

According to the UPDF spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire, Pte Alex Niwanyine from the 71stbattalion and an escort for Amuru Resident District Commissioner lost his eye to Steven Olibia.

This Brig. Karemire said that Alex was hit with an iron bar on his eye leading to the eye being lost. Stephen Olibia who injured the army officer is in Police custody and will be arraigned in court.

Pte Alex Niwanyine

The UPDF spokesperson said the State Minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Col (Rtd) Charles Engola, Brig. Bonny Bamwisaki, the UPDF 4th Infantry division commander have visited Pte. Alex Niwanyine in Gulu hospital where is admitted.

“The army will take care of him to the latter but such acts (attacks on our officers) will not derail us. We shall continue carrying out our role but we have a responsibility of defending ourselves to stop the enemy,” Brig. Karemire said.

“Such acts of attacking our officers should stop. Whoever is caught will be dealt with according with the laws.”

In addition, the Minister of State for Defense&Veterans Affairs(General Duties)Hon Col (Rtd) Charles Engola has visited Pte Niwanyine Alex while he was still in Gulu hospital.

Minister of State for Defense&Veterans Affairs(General Duties)Hon Col (Rtd) Charles Engola (wearing a hat) during his visit to Alex in Gulu hospital

He was accompanied by Brig Gen Bonny Bamwisaki the 4 Infantry Division Commander.

Mr Niwanyine who is also an escort of the Amuru district RDC was attacked on April 11, 2020 by a one Stephen Olibia at as he was asking people to close their shops at around 8:30pm in Bibia town council.

On April 13 Alex Niwanyine was transferred to Mbuya General Millitary Hospital for further attention, Brig Richard Karemire has confirmed.

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