Bp Drandua Family To Sue Gov’t Over Torture
By Andrew Cohen Amvesi
The family of the late Arua Diocese Bishop Emeritus, Frederick Drandua has threatened to sue government over torture.
More than 10 Drandua’s close relatives are currently nursing severe injuries in different health units in Arua town following the recent attack on Ediofe Cathedral.
The victims, mainly women, are claiming that they were attacked at Drandua’s grave on Wednesday night and beaten using gun butts and batons by police and UPDF officers.
Most of the victims sustained broken arms, legs while others got injuries on their heads and waists in the process of their eviction from the grave.
Stella Onzia, a pregnant mother is one of the victims, who were rushed to Family care clinic in Arua town for treatment.
Speaking to Red Pepper in an exclusive interview at Arua Orphanage Clinic, where most of the victims are getting treatment, Mary Asunto Odruko, a sister to Drandua said they are now considering suing the government for all the injuries inflicted to them by police and UPDF.
“We want any apology from government lest we are going to Court after our treatment,” Asunto warned.
She said the government will have to compensate them for the torture they went through in the hands of police and the army.
“In our culture, when somebody important dies, we sleep at the grave for about a month or so, and that is what we were doing at Drandua’s grave,” said Katrina Akati, the late Bishop’s younger sister.
“We were only shocked on the fateful night when soldiers and police stormed the grave and started beating us using the gun butt and batons as we were praying for the sole of our brother,” Akati, who sustained a broken arm, told Red Pepper.
Meanwhile, Palma Oleru, 26, a student, said she is likely not to go back to school this term until his leg which was hit by an army officer heals.
But efforts to get a comment from Jonathan Musinguzi, the Arua DPC and Lt. Col. Jackson Kayanja, the 409 Brigade Commander yielded no results as they couldn’t pick our calls at the time of filing this story.
To date, Ediofe Cathedral has remained under tight security following the Thursday battle between Christians and security operatives.
A total of 24 locals, whom police arrested guarding Drandua’s grave on the fateful day were charged for disturbing the peace of the dead and remanded to prison on Friday.
As a result, Sunday prayers were contacted at Ediofe Youth Center as police and UPDF officer couldn’t allow any Christian to access the Diocese.