A 20 year old single mother of a two-month-old baby is rotting at home in in a city slum due to lack of money to buy medicine for her bullet wounds.
Shakirah Nyemera who lives in Banda says she has been back to Mulago
several times but failed to get medical attention as all they tell
her to go and buy medicine in private facilities.
Nyemera was shot by security personnel aboard a speeding
security double cabin pickup car during the riots sparked off by the arrest of
Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi, a presidential candidate in the 2021 elections for
the National Unity Platform (NUP) party.
She was shot with a live bullet which entered her on the right side of the rib cage rib and came out at the back. Nyemera was taken to hospital, but after having
the bullet removed from her body, she
was sent home and her gunshot wounds are still in bad condition as she feels
pain all the time.
Nyemera was formerly a shop attendant in Banda. With her severe injuries, she not do anything unassisted and going to work id out of question. injuries, her work stopped because she cannot do anything on her own.
Her employment involved carrying goods, attending to clients and standing for
long hours, which she cannot do anymore because of injuries she sustained.
Still suffering from the bullet wounds and feeling worse every day, she narrates the ordeal she goes through nursing her two months old baby who she can no longer breastfeed. She is now appealing to well-wishers to extend a hand of help in order to get medication and something to eat and feed her baby. She says she has heard that government pledged to treat the innocent victims and is begging that this be done quickly if she is to survive.
//Cue: “Ebiwundu binduma…
Cue:… ngenda kukuyamba, tadda”//
The State Minister for
Primary Healthcare Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, on a visit to the Mulago national referral
hospital after the protest, promised that victims were to get free
medical care. However, Nyemera says when she went to Mulago, she was only
operated to remove the bullet and sent back home to take care for herself.
Nyemera has since failed to
get any medicine since she has no money to buy medicine from private health
facilities. She adds that she once got 10,000 shillings from a well-wisher that
she used to buy three tablets and that was the last treatment she received.
Each tablet she needs costs shillings 3,000.
Enid Kabagambe, a caretaker helping Shakira Nyemera, says the hardships the patient is going through with her baby is extreme because of pain, hunger and lack of medical attention. . Kabagambe says
whenever Nyemera goes to Mulago, she comes back with nothing.
//Cue: “Yabadde anyamba…
Nyemera was shot at when her baby was two weeks old; she says
the father of her baby disappeared immediately when she told him that she was
pregnant. She met him in Kampala and she does not even know anyone related to
the man. She rents a single room in Banda which she says it is hard to raise
rent for too.
//Cue: “Omwana wange…
Cue:…embeera mbi, sinungi”//
At least 50 people died from bullet wounds during riots that
occurred following the arrest of Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi, the NUP
presidential candidate in the 2021 elections. More than one thousand were arrested,
detained and arraigned in court while some are still missing and unaccounted