Busia police on the spot over brutal attack on schoolboy

Friday May 24 2019

The teenager is attended to by his mother at the Busia County Referral Hospital on May 23, 2019. PHOTO | GAITANO PESSA | NATION MEDIA GROUP


At the Busia County Referral Hospital, a teenager is grappling with the pain of losing his manhood at 19.

The Form Three student is recuperating at the hospital after he was brutally attacked by police officers on Tuesday night.

While speaking to Nation from his hospital bed, the teenager said he was attacked by a policeman only identified as Onyango, who was in the company of three others who were on a patrol to flush out brewers of illicit liquor.


The incident happened at a shopping centre in Mukhwayo village, Samia, where he had gone to buy soap.

“I was on my way to a shop buying soap when I bumped into four policemen who were on patrol. One of the officers followed me to the shop and held me by the neck," he said.


“He started pulling me towards him, but I held tightly onto the shop’s grills."


The victim said when the officer realised that he was not cooperating, he pulled out his baton and hit him randomly, including on his genitals.

“I was very weak after the beating and could not walk. I slept on the ground for about 20 minutes before I left for home,” he said.

He added that he went straight to his bed, an action that prompted his mother to find out what had happened.

His mother immediately rushed him to Port Victoria Sub-County Hospital in where he spent the night. The teenager was referred to the Busia hospital on Wednesday.


At the hospital, doctors who attended to him, led by Dr Namudala Emukule, said that that both of his testicles were totally shattered.

“After assessment of the testes it was established that they were no longer viable so we had to remove them,” Dr Emukule said.

He said the boy was in stable condition and would be discharged once the pain reduced.


Samia County Police Commander Winnie Siele said investigations would unravel the truth.

“We have sent our officers to Busia to record statements from the patient and his parents before appropriate action is taken," the police boss said.

“I want to assure residents that action will also be taken against the officer if found culpable."

The boy’s mother appealed to the government to help her son get justice following the incident.

“I request the government to take action against the officer who assaulted my son. I am at pains to explain to my son that he will not be able to sire children in the future,” she said.