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One dead, five injured as police shoots at moving taxi

One person has been confirmed dead, and five others injured when police shot fired live ammunition at a taxi transporting Masaza Cup fans to a football match in Mukono district.

Sam Ssekiziyivu who was shot in the chest, died on the way to Mityana hospital where the rest of the victims are admitted. The incident happened as residents of Mityana on Sunday held protests over the condition of their area member of parliament Francis Zaake.

The MP is currently admitted in Lubaga hospital for injuries allegedly sustained while in custody, following his arrest in Arua, early this week. An eyewitness Suzan Nakaggwa says that the driver of the taxi, registration number UBA 869C defied a police directive to stop at Wabigalo trading centre, prompting a chase by security personnel.

The taxi that was shot at

She adds that a police officer, donning a Field Force Unit uniform opened gunfire at the vehicle which was at the time, approaching Kigenge village. Nakaggwa says police first shot tyres of the taxi but the driver still did not stop but just continued driving as more gunshots were volleyed into the passenger vehicle.  

The driver of the vehicle proceeded to Mityana hospital, where the injured are now admitted. A doctor who preferred anonymity said two women Jalia Nakamya, 29, and Doreen Asiimwe, 25, sustained bullet wounds in the thighs, Lawrence Jingo, 40, was shot in the abdomen, Reagan Muwonge in the right arm and Derrick Ssengooba, 39, sustained a minor injury.

He, however, added that two of the patients are in critical condition and have since been referred to Mulago national referral hospital for advanced treatment.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima confirmed that six people were injured in the attack. According to a statement issued this afternoon, 20 people have been arrested to help the investigation.

Comments

0 #1 tucker 2018-08-20 06:34
This is terrible to police image. Its an act of recklessness in the force. However good intensioned the police cld ve bn they failed to live to the human standards .

Its sad similar to the nakulabye incident of 1964.
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-2 #2 nonpartisan 2018-08-20 08:16
Are we at war?
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-2 #3 Henry Wamboko 2018-08-20 09:11
Gutted to see this happen, the police we should run to to shield us is doing this.

Shooting at un armed people!
Where are we heading to?
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+1 #4 Lakwena 2018-08-20 09:36
In other words, Uganda is now like a mental hospital, where the psychiatrists and nurses are overwhelmed.

To make matters worse, they have run out of straight jackets.

MPs are tortured into pulp and given panadol (paracetamol, Advil and/or Tylenol) in Military Barracks; another is thrust and dumped in front Rubaga Hospital.

And what does the president say? Those are self-inflicted injuries and escapee from arrest and detention are damaging to good name of NRM who ushered in peace, tranquility and sustainable development.

Eish!

Butabika proper!
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-1 #5 gwok 2018-08-20 10:29
Quoting tucker:
This is terrible to police image. Its an act of recklessness in the force. However good intensioned the police cld ve bn they failed to live to the human standards .

Its sad similar to the nakulabye incident of 1964.


You might be right about the similarity with the 1964 situation, in which case, the police might be intending to provoke a civil war.

We know that Obote's 1964 situation contributed to the creation of the mini-civil war of 1966 against the kingdom of Buganda.

Historians might differ with me on this interpretation since History is not an exact science.
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-1 #6 gwok 2018-08-20 14:14
Quoting nonpartisan:
Are we at war?

Yes.
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-1 #7 Zaitun 2018-08-20 17:26
Our beloved country, Uganda, stopped having a real police force decades ago.

What we are seeing right now, terrorizing civilians is a militarised militia under the cover of a National Police Force.

He who does not agree with me should tell me since when police recruits are trained and headed by military officers?

All we are noticing today should have occured years back, but many of our politicians depend for their survival on handouts from M7.

Our young sons should not die for invain, but the struggle should be taken to the end- chasing these political and military outfits out of sight and install a government of our choice.
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-1 #8 Fuller 2018-08-20 20:35
Horrendous.

That's what Uganda's security is increasingly deteriorating to.

Government has lost control.

Those entrusted with the duty to safeguard people's safety and security are abusing the privilege.

Security is committing atrocities with such unabated intensity...they are so confident that they have the proverbial cat in the bag.

Let them know upfront: They do not control destiny!
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+3 #9 Observer in Uganda 2018-08-21 03:48
And the police ordered taxi to stop. Driver disobeyed.

And the police shot the tires.And the goon did not stop. Where do we live, is this land of gansters and criminals who can do whatever they please?

And the commentators blame the police!!In America this isd everyday scene and it is cradle of democracy.
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-1 #10 Zaitun 2018-08-21 09:07
My comment had been mutilated to the point that I can no longer grasp the meaning of what I see above. Please, dear moderator, you either publish our comments in full or you do not at all.

Otherwise it makes no sense to someone to spend a few minutes cogitating over what he or she has to write.

Please do produce this message for others to consider. Thanks in advance.
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