Uganda protest claims one life


One person died and five others were wounded in Uganda, police said, as security forces used teargas and live bullets to disperse a demonstration against the beating of arrested lawmakers in response to the stoning of a presidential convoy.

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said a policeman trying to quell unrest in Mityana, west of Kampala, fired at a minibus.
“One policeman fired bullets into a moving taxi with passengers, injuring six people. Unfortunately one of them died,” Kayima told the NTV Uganda channel.
“We are looking for the policeman who committed this act, which is irresponsible. He will be arrested and be subjected to due process.”

On August 13, supporters of an independent candidate participating in a parliamentary by-election stoned a motorcade carrying veteran president, Yoweri Museveni, as he was leaving Arua after campaigning for a ruling party candidate.

Five members of parliament and dozens of other people were detained on suspicion of taking part in the assault.

Two MPs were badly beaten up during their arrest, according to politicians and relatives who visited them.

One is Francis Zaake, whose constituency includes Mityana. Images of Zaake posted on social media showed him on a bed, eyes closed, with wounds on his palm, a swollen face and a cut ear. Politicians who saw him in hospital in Kampala have said he is on life support.

On Thursday, four of the detained MPs and dozens of others were charged with treason and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition for their alleged role in stoning the convoy.

Museveni has been in power since 1986. Critics say he is set to rule for life after parliament last year scrapped an age cap on presidential candidates.