Mutasiga was shot as he allegedly tried to plead with the police officers and LDUs not to shoot a chapatti vendor who was found selling chapatti during curfew time. The officers were enforcing COVID-19 control guidelines in Wantoni Village along Mukono-Katosi road on May 13, 2020.
Mutasiga’s wife, Viola Nabatanzi said that her husband, who sustained wounds in the thigh and chest breathed his last at Mulago national referral hospital on Tuesday night after undergoing surgery. Prior to his death, Mutasiga, pleaded with the government to cater for his medical bills such that he could undergo surgery in vain.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says preliminary information available shows that the deceased tried to fight off the officers. However, he says investigations are still ongoing to ascertain how Mutasiga was shot.
Mutasiga becomes the seventh person to be killed by law enforcement officers while implementing the COVID-19 preventive guidelines over the last 75 days.
The victims were shot by UPDF soldiers, police officers and LDUs while enforcing the orders intended to curb the spread of contagious disease.
We want justice: An audio recording of Viola Nabatanzi, wife to now late Eric Mutasiga who succumbed to bullet wounds y/day. This was recorded before her husband passed on. Mutasiga was shot in the chest and thigh by police last month while enforcing curfew guidelines pic.twitter.com/fZUw8Rs9ZP— The Observer (@observerug) June 10, 2020