By Fahad Masereka
A 29 year man was on Monday, April, 29th 2019 almost cut into pieces by a tear gas canister in Rugendabara town council Kasese district.
According to the eyewitnesses, shortly after the police patrol vehicle escorting former FDC presidential Candidate Rtd Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye, a tear gas canister dropped along the way which the victim identified by police as Milton Muhindo reportedly picked.
It however exploded as the victim was on the way to hand it to the nearest traffic police officers.
Muhindo who resides in Kihogo village in Rugendabara town council didn’t know what it was until when he wanted to take it to the nearest traffic officers that it burst leaving his left hand cut off and damaging his abdomen that the intestines were seen from the outside.
According to Emmanuel Kadogo a brother to the victim was also told about the incident which happened to his brother that he picked something in form of a bomb in the middle of the road and shortly it bursts in his hands as he tried to take it to the traffic officers; adding that he was later rushed at Hiima clinic for first aid before he was brought to Kilembe mines hospital in Kasese municipality.
Kadogo also explained that since the incident no police officer has visited them at the hospital to verify how really the sick is responding to medication.
He therefore seeks government and all well-wishers to lend a hand in making sure the treatment is done successfully bearing in mind the fact that the victim is a helpless father of an 8 months old baby.
While talking to the Hospital administrator Kilembe mines hospital Dr. Onesmus Kibaya, he narrated that the victim was received at around 5pm and was attended to as quickly as possible by the rightful nurses; adding that now his condition is no more worrying.
Saul Maate the FDC ambassador in the Rwenzori region blamed the incident on the police saying it was due to negligence and carelessness that such a dangerous item could fall from their vehicle.
The Rwenzori region Public relations officer ASP Vincent Twesigye stressed that they first admitted the victim to Hima Health Centre III for first Aid before rushing him to Kilembe Hospital to undergo operation.
ASP Twesigye added that police has already opened a case against Milton Muhindo waiting trial of unlawful possession of a military equipment.