Parents of a 15-year-old who was injured by a suspected grenade explosion say they have been abandoned by security agencies in the district.
Benjamin Ariho, a Primary Six pupil at Kyanamira Primary School in Kyanamira Sub-County Kabale District, is admitted at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital was injured on February 8 at a water tap.
It is reported that he joined other children who were playing with the object that exploded, shattering his hands.
The victim’s mother, Provia Niwagaba, says her son’s hand is due for amputation, since it has now started rotting.
“I went to the Kabale police station for help. They then referred me to the Kigezi region Police spokesperson, who also referred me to the Resident District Commissioner, whom I have been unable to access,” she told Watchdog Uganda.
The Kabale district Vice Chairperson, who is also the area district councilor, Bridget Asiinga Tumwesigye, says the explosive was allegedly lost by a security officer, when they had gone to the area to arrest a suspect. She faulted security for not going back to alert the residents, on the dangers it would pose to them.
Speaking about the incident, the Kabale district Woman Member of Parliament, Catherine Ndamira, called on the public, to always be conscious and avoid picking suspicious items to avoid such incidents.
The Kabale Resident Commissioner, Darius Nandinda told our reporter that he was not aware of the case and referred our reporter to the district Internal Security officer, Ronald Kasheija Byeingyeru.
However, Kasheija was unable to pick our reporter’s phone calls.