One shot dead in Katwe as military brutalises Ugandans

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One person has been confirmed to have been killed in today’s protests in and outside Kampala.

Teargas and live bullets ruled the day as people protested the continued detention of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

The protests that started in Kisekka market downtown Kampala later spread to the suburbs, attracting military wrath that was meted out on Ugandans.

The victim of today’s protest was shot dead in Katwe along Entebbe Road.

More than 45 people were detained over protest related offences.

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Taxis plying the Katwe road were dropping people on the roadside and making a U-turn to avoid bitter clashes between security forces and civilians.

“One person unfortunately lost his life in the areas of Katwe. His name will be established,” police spokesperson Emilian Kayima confirmed.

“We tried finding the family.  Let’s preach peace.”

Kayima said all journalists arrested by the military were released without a charge.

They included Reuters photojournalist James Akena; The Observer photographer, Alfred Ochwo and NTV journalists Ronald Galiwango and Juma Kirya.

“We asked Jimmy to record a statement so that we find these errant officers for action to be take,” Kayima said when questioned by journalists why security was targeting them.

He added: “Luke [Owoyesigire] at KMP played a vital role. No one should target another let alone a journalist doing his/her job. Even then, there is citizen journalism.”

Kaweesa Kenneth, NBS TV’s political reporter too said he was injured by UPDF soldiers around Katwe with an intension of taking his footage for the “Free Bobi Wine” campaign.

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