At least 54 people have died as a result of two days’ sporadic protests and shooting in and around the city after Kyagulanyi was arrested in Luuka district at his campaign venue in November 18th. Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said out 54 fatalities, 32 were rioters while the rest were innocent Ugandans including juveniles.
This Website has come up with some of these victims and how they met death.
Frank Baguma a 28 year old and a resident of Kabowa, on the fateful day started his day normally. He cycled to Ndeeba for work where he operated a spare parts shop.
Shortly after, plain clothed security operatives came chasing rioters while shooting at them. And that’s how a bullet caught him in the head and his brain splashed out. He immediately fell on the ground. Rescuers and friends rushed him to Rubaga Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Baguma was buried on Thursday at Kyakatebe village in Mityana.
Christine Zawedde a 58-year- old Mutundwe’s Kweeba Zone Rubaga Division who was hit in the head by a stray bullet as she relaxed in her compound/courtyard outside her house. People at home heard a thunderous explosion only to realize later that their mother had been shot in the head. They tried rushing her to hospital but she died on the way.
Omulongo Wasswa from Kasasa village Masaka Kakuuto road too was shot and killed during the same Kyagulanyi fracas when he was moving with friends in town. He fled and took refuge in a small hair salon on seeing a large team of security operatives aiming in his direction. They forcefully dragged him out of the salon, shot him dead and left according to our sources. He was buried on Friday in Masaka.
Kevina Nalwadda from Nansana, got a taxi early morning to head to Kiruddu hospital where she had an appointment with a doctor. She had leg complications. She left the hospital and headed back home at Nansana Kumasitoowa where she operated a bar but didn’t go beyond Mini Price downtown Kampala where she was inadvertently knocked by a Museveni supporter driving in a vehicle branded with NRM campaign materials. The NRM supporter was fleeing crowd violence and in the process knocked her. Nalwadda died in Mulago Hospital towards midnight that same Wednesday.
Christopher Kayizzi from Nyanama, a boda boda rider aged 30 was shot in the neck and died instantly. He worked at the Kasiwukira stage in Kizito Zone Najjanankumbi along Entebbe Road. He was among those who saw a large group of non-uniformed security operatives vigorously walking towards them and fled. The operatives ordered them to stop and when they didn’t, random gunfire was opened at them and that is how Kayizzi met his death.
Richard Mutyaba LC1 chairperson from Kasaala village in Katakana Luwero Mutyaba, who was also the head laity for Kasaala Catholic parish, had stepped forward to calm down his youthful residents who had blocked the highway. As he started talking to them, a convoy carrying government officials emerged from the Gulu side and the armed escorts disembarked and immediately began shooting into the rioting crowds and in the process a bullet caught the Chairman cutting his life short.
A 24 year old Onek Kansiime a boda boda rider from Namugongo was shot dead by security operatives according to his friends, Andrew Kigemi and Isiima Kato. Kansiime was coming from buying goods for his client. They revealed that Kansiime parked his motorcycle fearing to be interfered with rioters and decided to move on foot. Kansiime was buried in Bushenyi on Friday, two days after the protest.
Yusuf Kimuli a student at Uganda Christian University-UCU, according to his brother identified as Fred was shot dead in Seeta when he was from town where he had gone to purchase some goods. Kimuli was buried in Mukono on Friday after the riot.
Peter Kintu a father of seven children and a boda boda rider from Nansana Ku Kibulooka was killed by an LDU soldier. According to his with Moreen Nakazibwe, the husband went to town on Wednesday morning, when the protest began, he decided to ride back home because the town was not safe for him. When he reached home, after having lunch with the family, he went into the neighborhood at the welding workshop to chat with friends, it is from here that LDU shot at the group and Kintu did not survive the shooting.
Ayub Kongola, a father of one, was shot dead in Kisenyi while in his maize flour shop. According to his brother Nasser Kongora, his brother was hit by a stray bullet and died immediately. Ayub was buried in Iganga Kaliro, two days after the protest.
Ndagire Erioth aged 27 years from Kyengera and a single mother of one was killed by a stray bullet when she had locked herself in a hotel in fear of random shootings that were outside her hotel. Ester Nalubwoba, Ndagire’s sister, told this reporter that the bullet passed via the door and hit her dead, by the time people arrived to save her, she had died. She left a 3 year old baby. Ndagire was buried in Katabi Wakiso district three days after the protest.
A 72 year old John Kitobe, from Naalya Housing Estate and a retired lecturer at the Uganda Management Institute (UMI) and senior accountant was Wednesday shot dead while walking from Mabirizi city complex during the riots in the city Centre.
Jonas Nuwagaba, a family member said that Kitobe was shot at Mabirizi complex and died instantly. He said the police picked his body and took it to the city mortuary and a police officer picked his phone from his pocket and dialed several numbers. He said he informed relatives who rushed to the mortuary and confirmed his identity.
Nuwagaba said the body was picked from the mortuary and it was on Thursday evening that it was taken to his home. He was buried on Saturday in Mushanga Sheema municipality, Sheema district.
A youthful Akiram Kamoga was shot dead in Sonde Kikulu Mukono Municipality, brought to the city mortuary in Mulago and was taken back for burial in Mukono on Friday.
A 25 year old Twahibu Ndugwa was shot dead in Owino market while vending avocados. Salim Kaggwa, his brother, told us that when Ndugwa saw security chasing rioters, he decided to run away and hide with others. It is from there that security shot at them and he died immediately. Ndugwa was buried on Sunday, four days after the protest in Masaka.
Shafik Kamoga, a 25 year old and a technician by training, was killed by a stray bullet in Nsambya when he was having a meal. His brother, Eddie Kamoga says Shafik was feeling unwell and spent much of the day sleeping. The noise from protestors and gunshots interrupted his sleep. At around 2:30 pm, Kamoga says his brother woke up and had lunch, it was from here that he was killed immediately. He was buried in Kiboga.
Amos Ssegawa, a 15 year old teenager was shot when he had his mother coming from Kisenyi where they had gone for work. According to his mother, when the protest started, they packed their luggage and decided to go back home and it is on the way at Usafi roundabout that they were shot at and his boy died.
A 26 year old Willy Buyondo was shot at when he was from work at Kubiri in Mulago where he was from work. He was buried in Butambala on Friday after the protest. According to his friend Nicholas Habibu, Buyondo decided to go back home when the protest began and it is on the way that an LDU soldier shot him dead.
Eliasali Baguma, a 30 year old male was rushed to hospital from Mubende and died in Rubaga hospital. He had a gunshot wound on the head with herniation of brain matter and it was too late for him to survive according to Dr Andrew Ssekitoleko, the executive director of Uganda Martyrs Hospital Lubaga
Others whose details were hard to get because we failed to get their relatives include; Robert Lwebuga of Nansana,Edward Mukwaya of Kyengera,Fred Semanda of Nansana, Kamiyat Nangoni and John Amera both of whom were shot along Kampala Road, Sadat Mwebesa who was shot and killed at Bulenga Kumwenda along Mityana Road.
Others whose bodies were received and recorded by Dr. Moses Byaruhanga, the police chief pathologist and the team at mortuary include Kevina Nassolo, Daniel Nahurira of Kazo, Masuudi Mawejje who was shot and killed outside Kabaka’s Muganzirwazza Building in Katwe. There is also Juma Sendagire of Kyebando, Ibrahim Mayanja of Mukono and others.
The two days’ protests also left more than 100 people nursing wounds. These were injured by bullets, knocked by vehicles during fracas while others were injured by teargas canisters. Unfortunately, some have been dying one by one thus pushing the number of fatalities now up to 54.