A woman in Kampala has threatened to drag the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola to court after being injured by a tear gas canister and she is now demanding for shs 500 millions as compensation for her medical treatment that she is currently undergoing at Nsambya hospital.
A woman identified as Agnes Nakavuma, a resident of Kirombe Nsambya is currently hospitalized at St Francis Hospital Nsambya nursing injuries on her right upper limb and right part of her abdomen after she reportedly sustained while police were dispersing a procession on October 15th, 2020.
Nakavuma alleges that during the procession that was organized by the Makindye West Division member of parliament, Allan Ssewanyana moments after being nominated, she was walking to the market along Makindye-Mubaraka road to buy fruits and vegetables for her business when she was hit by a teargas canister that was allegedly thrown by police.
Through her lawyers, Nalukoola, Kakeeto Advocates, Nakavuma, said that their client has undergone several surgical operations and more have been recommended from Nsambya hospital where she currently admitted.
The lawyers are now demanding compensation of Shillings 500million for their clients and Shillings 10 million for legal fees payable within 14days and failure to do so will leave them no other choice but to commence legal proceedings against the police boss.
However, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan Area Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire revealed that they are aware of what happened to Nakavuma but there are two versions of the incident.
Owoyesigyire said there are allegations that Nakavuma was among the protesters when the tear gas canister fell and landed on her arm adding that the police legal team will look into the petition and advise a way forward.