Injured Police Officers Cry Out for Help

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Akenda was part of a team of a police patrol car number UP 1278, which lost control and veered off the road into a potato garden.

12 police officers injured in the line of duty are crying out for help following the failure by the police management to provide them with adequate treatment and care for their families. Charles Akenda was injured in a road accident in Mukono in 2010. Akenda was part of a team of a police patrol car number UP 1278, which lost control and veered off the road into a potato garden.


He broke both legs and was rushed to Mulago Hospital where he spent three months. Akenda says that he paid a bribe of shillings 700,000 to induce doctors to operate on him, and later paid another shillings 500,000 to a bone setter to work on his left leg. To date, Akenda has only received shillings 100,000 for treatment from the police management since he got the accident, a thing he says is a total disregard for injured cops.


He believes that he wouldn’t have been able to walk if his family  had not raised 1.2 million shillings for his treatment. Despite the fact that Akenda is able to walk, he has not been posted to work anywhere but continues receiving his salary. Akenda says that without special consideration by the police management, he was forced to receive weekly food rations of posho to feed his family from home.


Akenda is one of the 12 police officers languishing in Naguru barracks after falling off speeding police trucks. Some of the injured cops include Mugabi, Muliisa, Corporal Majeme and Muwanguzi. Elizabeth Muwanga, the Police Welfare director admits that welfare issues are critical but says the budget constraints makes it impossible to fulfill all their requirements.
 
According to Muwanga the demand on welfare is too big compared to the available funds. He says that they have received various claims but can only pay the money once they receive funds. The plight of the injured cops comes to light just a few days after four policemen perished in a road accident at Kituburu along Entebbe road after their patrol car rammed into an on-coming tipper lorry.