People Power visits teargased Gayaza baby

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Joel Ssenyonyi holds baby Valeria

A team from People Power Movement Wednesday visited the family of the baby who was teargased in Gayaza town, Wakiso district during police clashes with MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine supporters.

The team was led by People Power spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi, who confirmed the visit to baby Valeria’s family.

“On the day of our consultations in Gayaza, she was one day old,” Ssenyonyi explained.

He said police threw a teargas canister in their one-roomed house, the mother and baby were inside and the baby became ill.

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“She is recovering, although security operatives out of guilt keep threatening them to be silent about the baby’s story,” Ssenyonyi revealed.

Ssenyonyi with the family

Family stuck

Daily Monitor earlier reported that the family was stuck with a critically ill new-born child following its exposure to teargas.

Narrating her ordeal to Daily Monitor, Rehema Namulondo, the mother of the three-day-old, said she had gone to clean up only to find her child choking on teargas after a canister was lobbed into the house.

Namulondo resides in Gayaza Town near Our Lady of Good Counsel Secondary School in Kyadondo East Constituency.

Namulondo then alerted neighbours, who brought the matter to the attention of nearby police.

“When the police came, they took me in their car and dropped me at the gate of Kasangati Health Centre IV before they drove off. Doctors told me they couldn’t do much and gave me Panadol. They advised me to buy some medicine to treat my baby’s swollen eyes,” Namulondo said.

Emmanuel Mwase, the father of the child, said he does not have money to take the child for specialised treatment because it was a sudden incident.

“The doctors at the hospital are not giving a solution and yet my baby’s situation is getting worse. It is experiencing breathing complications and the eyes are swollen,” Mwase said.

NTV later reported that police had agreed to take care of the baby and the medical bills.

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