Student sues government over amputated arm

By Sania Babirye

An 18 year old student whose left arm was amputated after a mysterious tear gas canister he found in his bed allegedly exploded on him in 2017 is seeking over 22 million Uganda shillings in compensation and to acquire an artificial limb from Government .

This is after Muzafaru Kamakya a resident of Ndikuttamadda LC1, Masajja-Salaama in Makindye division dragged Government to the High court Civil-division seeking an order to compensate him over his alleged amputated left arm.

According to evidence before court, Kamakya claims that on the 20th of October 2017, he went to to bed at about 9:30pm and he saw a green bottle lying on his bed which he mistook to be a perfume bottle.

Kamakya further alleges that he used his left arm to lift the said bottled, however, the said bottle in the process exploded and shattered his left arm which was later amputated at Mulago hospital .

He claims that the matter was reported to Human Rights Commission which officials concluded that the tear-gas canister went astray through a broken window of his grandmother’s house to his bed; as police dispersed a gathered crowd that was intending to protest against the amendment of the Presidential age -limit.

The then Senior three student of Happy Times Secondary School in Busaabala says that his UCE results were affected as at the time of writing exams , he had not yet adapted to using his weak right arm.

Kamakya now wants the high court to find an appropriate amount for government to atone for the permanent injury he sustained and monies to enable him acquire an artificial limb which is valued at 22million shillings .

The high court is yet to summon the Attorney General to respond on behalf of the alleged irrational actions of the UGANDA police force .

Kamakya is not the first person to lose an arm at the hands of a tear gas canister.

On the 28th of March this year, a Kyambogo university male student had his arm and all five fingers ripped off by a tear gas canister as he tried to pick it up and throw it back to police during a university protest.