Cop loses eye, Besigye visits fans shot in Rukungiri

Besigye visiting shot supporters

Former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, on Thursday visited victims of the Rukungiri age limit rally shooting who are currently hospitalised.

Besigye said the casualties are admitted at Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale.

“Medical team doing an excellent job. Get well soon; struggle goes on!” he tweeted.

He said two are in Intensive Care Unit [ICU] in critical condition.

“Bullets ripped through their kidneys, gut and lungs. Families very strong!”

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The six causalities were shot on Wednesday when police clashed with FDC supporters who had gathered to attend a joint rally by Besigye and candidate Patrick Amuriat in Rukungiri town.

They are; Aijukira Junior, 18, resident of Rwakabengo who was shot in the leg; Farouk Bangirana, 28, resident of Nyakagyeme who was shot in the right thigh and genitals; Turyomunsi Julius, 29, resident of Nyakagyeme who was shot in the back; Muhwezi Christopher, 29, resident of Kyatoko who was shot in the stomach; and Ayrasingura Davison, 20, a resident of Nyarushanje who hit by a tear gas canister on the face and Muhumuza Narsi, 20, a resident of Nyakagyeme.

The clashes erupted when Rukungiri District Police Commander Richard Emuna blocked the supporters from accessing the main stadium in Rwakabengo ward southern division.

Police said Amuriat had not sought permission to hold a rally yet Besigye says they had written to police.

Rukungiri District police commander Richard Emuna and two other officers were on Wednesday injured in running battles with the Opposition supporters.

Sources within the police say the DPC and his other officers got hurt as age limit protestors pelted stones at them.

In the ensuing scuffle, Edison Nasasira, 22 and resident Kafunjo cell, Eastern division in Rukungiri Municipality was shot dead.

DPC Emuna sustained injuries on the hand and leg while the Community Liaison officer, Assistant Inspector of Police John Barugahare sustained an injury on the eye.

Barugahare was referred to Mbarara Hospital where his eye will be removed.