Teen seeks Shs22m from govt over damaged arm

By JULIET KIGONGO

Kampala- An 18-year-old man has dragged government to court seeking compensation after his arm was amputated due to a teargas canister that exploded and injured his arm during the age limit fracas in 2017.

Muzafaru Kamakya, in his court documents presented before the High Court in Kampala, avers that in October 20, 2017, he was a Senior Three student at Happy Times Secondary School Busabala, Makindye Division in Kampala.

Kamakya says he returned home at Ndikuttamadda Village in Makindye Division at 5pm and by 9:30pm, he retired to his bedroom, sat on the bed while drinking tea and bread for his supper then he saw a bottle, green in colour, that to him looked like a perfume.

    
Musafaru Kamakya rests on his hospital bed at

Musafaru Kamakya rests on his hospital bed at Mulago Referral Hospital on October 22, 2017 after he lost his arm when a tear gas canister exploded in his left hand while at their home in Makindye, a Kampala surburb. FILE PHOTO

“I held the bottle in my left hand, it exploded and the whole house was filled with teargas and my hand got shattered,” Kamakya says.
He further narrates: “Our neighbour rushed me to Kiruddu government hospital which rejected to admit me saying it was not a first aid hospital. I was taken to Mulago Referral Hospital where I was amputated.”

He states that his father, Mr Muhamadi Mbuga, reported the incident to the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) through a letter written by M/S Foundation for Human rights Initiative.

“Officers of the Uganda Human Rights Commission visited my home and interviewed me and made a report but did not give me nor my father nor Foundation for Human Rights Initiative a copy and no help has been received from them,” reads in part court documents.

UHRC officials visit
He says Uganda Human Rights Commission officials were able to see that the teargas canister that broke his arm passed through the broken window pane to his bedroom during the day when the police were dispersing people from political rallies.
He further says he did not do his Senior Three end of year exams because he had lost his arm.

Kamakya believes police were not merely reckless in throwing toxious gases in people’s homes, it was acting deliberately to stop them from participating in the Constitution making process and the respondent (Attorney General) is liable.
He says he needs an artificial arm that costs Shs22 million.

jkigongo@ug.nationmedia.com

Courtesy of Daily Monitor Uganda, All the Rights Reserved.

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