At least one person was killed and several others injured following a faceoff between People Power activists and police in Masitoowa, Nansana municipality in Wakiso district.
People Power, a pressure political group is led by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanya aka Bobi Wine who has declared his intention to challenge President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 elections.
According to People Power spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi, Dan Kyeyune died after being shot in the head by police and becomes the second Bobi Wine supporter to be killed in two days under unclear circumstances. In Nansana, police registered the incident as 'murder by shooting' whose motive was not yet established. Kyeyune's body was taken to the City mortuary Mulago for a postmortem.
The Nansana standoff started when police tried to control a procession by People Power activists who were returning from the burial of their colleague, Ritah Nabukenya in Kiboga district.
Nabukenya succumbed to injuries she sustained in a motor accident in Nakawa on Monday. Police is accused by People Power of deliberately knocking dead Nabukenya as she made her way to the blocked Bobi Wine consultation meeting in Ndeeba on Monday.
Traffic in Nansana, which is heavily populated in the evening, and often experiences jam was worsened by the procession. Three traffic officers who were guiding traffic at Masitowa junction were overwhelmed and called for reinforcement.
A number of Local Defense Unit personnel on evening patrol and police officers turned up and started firing live bullets and tear gas at the already charged youths without warning. It is during the fracas that Kyeyune was allegedly shot.
Gunfire and tear gas rocked Nansana municipality for over twenty minutes leading to a stampede as people ran for dear life. At least two people were burnt by hot cooking oil that was being used by a roadside street vendor to make evening meals. Irene Mumbejja, a roadside vendor notes that most of her merchandise was stolen during the commotion.
"As we ran to keep safe, youths were taking our things," Mumbejja who sells bags lamented as she collected the few remaining items.