Policeman shot at Parliament

“He was on guard at the gate opposite the Ministry of Lands [Housing and Urban Development] and suddenly, he felt something hot in his thighs,” a police detective attached to Parliament Police said.

The sound of the gun that was used to shoot at him was heard by no one. The police at Parliament remained tightlipped about the incident, but some lower rank officers said that their colleague could have been hit by a stray bullet.

There was heavy shooting in Kampala as a combined force of the police and army quelled a 6-hour-long protest over the continued detention of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi.

The MP who trades as Bobi Wine was arrested last week in Arua Municipality where he went to campaign for Kassiano Wadri in a by-election.

Wadri who went on to win the election is also in custody with 32 others including MPs Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality East), Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) and former Makindye East MP Michael Mabikke.

Their Mityana Municipality counterpart Francis Zaake Butebi is hospitalized at Lubaga Hospital in critical condition.

The protests in Kampala on Monday that started from Kisekka market in downtown Kampala spread to other parts of the city prompting security personnel to use live bullets as they engaged in running battles.

“It is possible that one of the bullets that were flying hit him [the policeman],” the police detective said.

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima confirmed the incident but declined to give the victim’s identity.