Michael Mulindwa Nakumusana, the Nyendo-Ssenyange Division LC 3 chairperson accuses security personnel of torturing Grace Nakalyango after she was allegedly found wearing red clothes during the protests.
Four people are confirmed to have lost their lives as the
military and police engaged protesters against the presidential election
results in Masaka district.
The dead have been identified as Jibril Bazanyanengo, Peter
Ssebunya, Grace Nakalyango and another only identified as Ben, all residents of
Nyendo-Mukungwe division in Masaka City.
were killed during protests that broke out in different parts of Masaka on Saturday afternoon
shortly after the Electoral Commission declared the incumbent president, Yoweri
Kaguta Museveni as the winner of the Thursday presidential elections with 58
percent of the total votes cast.
However, the announcement didn’t go down well
with some voters in Masaka, saying the election had been rigged to favour
Museveni against his National Unity Platform-NUP rival, Robert Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine who become second.
According to eyewitnesses, three of the people were shot by armed security
personnel while the fourth, an expectant mother was tortured before she
breathed her last in the hospital.
Michael Mulindwa Nakumusana, the
Nyendo-Ssenyange Division LC 3 chairperson accuses security personnel of
torturing Grace Nakalyango after she was allegedly found wearing red clothes
during the protests.
called and rushed to the scene and on reaching there; I found her unconscious
and heavily bleeding. She eventually died in hospital on Sunday night,” he
says. Mulindwa says that besides the dead, scores of other people are
nursing injuries they sustained in running battles with security.
Some of the
injured persons are Francis Kaweesi Kitone, Betty Namugga and Godfrey Kasule,
all residents of Nyendo-Ssenyange division. George Lutamaguzi, a resident of
Kiwaala village in Mukungwe Sub-county says that operative raided several areas
where they beat-up hundreds of people they suspected to be rioters.
people around this area have go bruises they were inflicted onto them by
security operatives that whipped them with cable wires and baton stick,” he
Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson, says security is compiling
a comprehensive report about all security incidents that related to the January
14th, 2021 general elections.
According to Nsubuga,
preliminary reports show that one of the dead was shot when he attempted to disarm
a police officer in Nyendo Township while Nakalyango was hit by a stray bullet.
Nsubuga says the protests in Nyendo Township turned very destructive prompting security
to respond with maximum force subdue the protestors whom he says had started
waylaying vehicles and robbing occupants of their belongings.
He says the
protestors also vandalized a number of security cameras that were recently
installed in Nyendo as well as deflated the tires and shattered the windscreens
of two police patrol pickups that had been deployed in the area.
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they will maintain heavy deployment in the area to ensure stability.