Law enforcement in Busoga East has called in Davidson Mulumba, the Bugiri district LCV chairman, for reportedly attacking Cpl Fred Wabwire, the officer in charge of the Bugiri general hospital’s police post.
Wabwire alleges that Mulumba slapped and repeatedly punched him in the abdomen one early Friday morning. The altercation arose when Mulumba, along with a group of four men on motorcycles, refused to disclose their identities and responded with insults when Wabwire attempted to search them for weapons.
Wabwire further claims that Mulumba physically assaulted him, with his companions cheering him on until hospital attendants intervened and notified higher authorities, revealing the identity of his attacker.
Wabwire explains that the decision to search individuals and vehicles leaving or entering the hospital was made due to recurrent incidents of missing patient belongings and hospital equipment under unclear circumstances.
On the other hand, Mulumba refutes the assault allegations, asserting that he was on an investigative visit to check on nighttime patient care, only to face verbal abuse from the officers on duty.
Meanwhile, the Bugiri district police commander, Godwin Ochaki, emphasizes that violence is unjustifiable, and any public assault is degrading. Ochaki mentions that Wabwire filed an assault report at the Bugiri central police station, and an investigation is underway, including taking statements from witnesses and issuing summons to Mulumba to ensure a fair process.