By Fred Kiva, Masindi
The lecturer at Kabalega College Masindi, Ismail Friday wants Police to compensate him and cater for his medical bills after being assaulted by a police officer at Masindi Central Police Station.
Friday who was assaulted on July 28, made the demands on Friday following his re-admission at Wanainchi Clinic in Masindi Town. This happened when he developed what doctors described as post-traumatic pain as a result of the assault.
Friday, 46, was reportedly assaulted by a police officer identified as Ochaya at Masindi Central Police Station.
He claims that Ochaya slapped him on the neck when he refused to sign on the police statement he had made regarding a conflict between his two neighbours.
“I refused to sign a statement taken by a police officer identified by his name tag as Byabagambi because I realised he did not write what I told him. My refusal to sign sparked an argument between me and him. Amid our argument, Ochaya came from behind and slapped me heavily. The heavy slap confused me, I was locked inside room 9 at Masindi police station and forced to sign the statement,” Said Friday.
The victim was hospitalised following the assault, but was later discharged, until Friday when he was re-admitted.
Friday has since filed an assault case at the Albert region police Professional Standards Unit in Hoima; with the case reference number PSU/HMA/GEF/57/2017.
Despite filing the case, Friday says the police officer who assaulted him remains at large. He also accuses the police force of not caring to treat him.
He says his teaching job is also threatened since he cannot concentrate at work due to continued neck and head pains.
“I was in class this morning supervising students when I suddenly developed pain on the assaulted part of my body and that’s how I ended up here” he told this reporter on Friday.
He added that “as police looks at what to do for the one who assaulted me, it should be paying my medical bills and also compensating me, since my life has been affected.”
A health worker at Wanainchi Clinic who preferred to remain anonymous said “we are treating him for post-traumatic pain on his left cheek, head and the neck.”
The Albert Region Police Spokesperson, Julius Allan Hakiza could not readily comment on the matter, saying he needed a briefing from police Professional Standards Unit (PSU).