Some women vendors who were battered by security operatives last week during the implementation of the presidential directives on Covid-19 measures are still nursing wounds and counting losses.
President Museveni had on March 25 directed all traders selling non-food items in markets to stop working. He only gave a green light to those selling food items to minimise the spread of coronavirus.
However, the following day Local Defence Unit (LDUs) personnel started beating people, including women who were vending fruits.
Daily Monitor followed up some of the women who were caned and they narrated their ordeal.
Ms Hadijah Aloya, a single mother of seven children, and resident of Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, said no sooner had she put down her fruits basket on the roadside near Cooper Complex than three LDU operatives charged at her from behind. She said they beat her using electric wires.
“I am a harmless woman, but three men descended on me and started beating me. One officer kicked me because I asked them why they were beating me,” Ms Aloya said.
“If it was not the Local Council chairman of the area who saved me, these guys were going to kill me. They should have asked me to vacate. This is not fair and government should discipline them,” she said, adding that said she lost all her capital.
Ms Christine Awori, is another woman who was beaten, said she had stopped working few weeks back until she heard the President on media saying all those selling food should be left to operate.
She said on the fateful Thursday at 8am, she was in Nakasero market to shop what she was going to sell on the street.
She says at around 9am, she strolled to Mukwano Arcade to sell fruits (guavas, passion fruits and lemons) but as soon as she had positioned herself with her 11- year old daughter, they saw LDUs accompanied by a police officer who bypassed them on the street heading to the opposite direction.