Police in Bugweri district shot and killed a young man while quelling a protest in Nawangisa A village. The deceased has been identified as 25 year-old Matia Isooba, a resident of Nawangisa.
Police rushed to disperse the angry residents when they blocked the busy Iganga-Tororo highway on Saturday afternoon to protest a decision by the chief administrative officer, Jonathan Mukose to shift Nawangisa health centre II to Minani village and elevate it to a health centre III.
The protesters put up resistance and started pelting the police officers with stones forcing them to respond with fire. Isooba was hit in the lower abdomen killing him instantly. The deputy police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango told URN on phone that Isooba was hit by a stray bullet.
"Police had to come in and in the process they were confront by angry residents who started pelting them with stones. In the process of officers seeing some of their colleagues bleeding because they were injured they started firing in the air. A stray bullet caught him in the stomach." Onyango said.
He explains that 18 police officers were injured by the stone-throwing protestors and are nursing wounds in their homes. He however, said they have started investigating the incident.
Yazid Menya, the Nawangisa A village chairperson who led the protest expressed dissatisfaction with the decision of the district to relocate a health facility from his village, saying it promotes unfairness in the new district.
"This is a new district and we expected equal distribution of resources but this decision is totally unfair to our parish, which has three villages and 1500 people," Menya says.
Residents claim Minani village already has a health centre III, arguing that establishing another health centre III in the same village will jeopardize service delivery in others.