Jinja food vendor shot over curfew, dies

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A female food vendor from Jinja Central market has died after being shot by a police officer for defying an all-night curfew.

Uganda Radio Network reported that Evelyn Namulondo succumbed to gunshot wounds on Friday.

She was admitted at Jinja regional referral hospital in the emergence ward on Wednesday morning. 

A doctor at Jinja hospital told URN that Namulondo died because of multiple organ failure. 

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“We did our best and cleaned her intestines but discovered that the bullet was stuck in the liver, leaving it shattered which endangered other essential body organs,” he said. 

The deceased’s sister, Agatha Musekwa, says her sister didn’t get the required medical attention after being shot.

Namulondo was heading to Amber Court market from her home in Budhumbuli Ward at around 5 am to purchase fruits on Wednesday morning when she was shot in the abdomen.

Earlier, from her hospital bed, Namulondo said that she was travelling with another passenger on a motorcycle when police intercepted them along Kyabazinga Way, but the motorist declined to stop, prompting the officers to open fire. 

“We begged the bodaboda man to stop but he refused, which I think angered the policemen to shoot at us. I fell after sustaining injuries. The motorist sped off with the other passenger and all I recall is that the police officers dumped me here [hospital],” she said.

Kiira Region police spokesperson, Abby Ngako, told URN detectives are yet to ascertain the deceased’s true shooters as their preliminary investigations have confirmed that, none of their own was responsible for the shooting.

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