We are disappointed, want apology: Uganda

October 7th, 2010 - 5:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 7 (IANS) Ugandan Sports Minister Charles Bakkabulindi Thursday sought an apology from India over a freak accident at the Commonwealth Games Village that left three Ugandan officials injured.

“We are disappointed at the turn of events. We want an apology from the Indian officials. The fact that they are ill-treating us and playing down the whole incident is shocking,” Bakkabulindi told TimesNow channel.

“The injured were not treated well at the Games and we want an apology from the Organising Committee. We don’t treat people like this in our country and here the officials are not owning up for their mistake. We expect better treatment,” he said.

Uganda’s chef de mission William Tumwine, administrative officer Iren Matovu and press attache Juliet Achom were injured Tuesday night when a tyre killer malfunctioned at the Village when they were entering the complex, police said.

While Matovu suffered severe eye injuries and required extensive facial stitching, Tumwine suffered a slight head injury. Acom had a whiplash.

“Our concern is why (the Indian) government has not come with an official apology,” Bakkabulindi said.

Security officials at the Village maintained it was a technical fault that the radio barrier got activated.

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