One killed, several rushed to hospital in Mityana riots

At least one person is confirmed dead in Mityana after police opened gunfire on angry protesters.

Protests broke out on Sunday morning in the central Uganda district over the poor state of health of the Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi, and the continued incarceration of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

The two MPs are among the more than 30 people that were arrested in Arua Municipality last week where they had gone to campaign for Kassiano Wadri in a Parliamentary by-election.

Zaake and Kyagulanyi were badly beaten by the security men.

While Kyagulanyi is under detention at Makindye Military Police Barracks in critical condition, Zaake was dumped at Lubaga Hospital gate were he has been on life support machine since Friday.

The protesters denounced acts of torture and abuse of human rights. They blocked roads with burning car tyres prompting the police to respond with teargas and live bullets.

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima confirmed that one of the injured, Samuel Ssekiziyivu, a resident of Myanzi in the newly created Kassanda district died at Mityana hospital where he had been rushed for medical attention.

“It is regrettable and sad. Of the other five (who were taken to hospital) one Ssengooba Derrick has been discharged and four are still undergoing medical attention,” Kayima said.

Those still hospitalised are, Reagan Muwonge, David Asiimwe, Lawrence Jingo and Jalia Nakiryowa.

Kayima said the police is working on modalities of arresting the officer who shot at the protesters.

At least 20 protesters have meanwhile been arrested by the police.