A 54-year-old woman has been admitted at Kotido health centre IV with a shattered leg after being hit by a teargas canister.
Santa Alanyo, a single mother of 4 children was hit by the teargas canister fired on Friday as police dispersed supporters of the National Unity Platform's (NUP) presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
Rosa Napio, a health worker at Kotido health centre IV, says although Alanyo is in pain, she has now stabilized.
“We are managing her condition and she is stable,” said Napio.
Alanyo said from her sickbed that the injury has left her helpless and unable to fend for her 4 children. A police officer on Kyagulanyi’s security detail was also injured during an altercation between the local police and the guards in Panyangara in Kotido municipality.
NUP supporters lined the roads to cheer Kyagulanyi prompting police to disperse them with tear gas and live bullets.
Police had earlier on tried to divert Kyagulanyi’s convey via senior quarters at Muria Gaz to the Mayor's Garden next to Kotido Central police station (CPS) where he was scheduled to address his supporter without reaching town but he manoeuvred his way and ended up in the central business district.