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Kamoga, the Innocent Technician Killed During City Protests

His brother, Eddie Kamoga says Shafik was feeling unwell and spent much of the day sleeping. The noise from protestors and gunshots interrupted his sleep. At around 2:30 pm, Kamoga says his brother woke up and had lunch
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Shafik Kamoga died on November 19th when the country was abuzz with protests following the arrest of National Unity Platform Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi. The 25 year old had only stepped out of their shop also home to buy something to drink from as nearby shop when gun shoots had calmed.

His brother, Eddie Kamoga says Shafik was feeling unwell and spent much of day sleeping. The noise from protestors and gunshots interrupted his sleep. At around 2:30 pm, Kamoga says his brother woke up and had lunch.  When they sensed some calmness outside, Shafik decided to go and buy a drink from a nearby shop.

But he was barely four feet outside when a bullet went through Shafik’s neck breaking his voice box. Their cousin Charles Kawagga, also in the room told Kamoga that the last bullet sounded like it had penetrated a human body.

They rushed outside to meet Shafik with blood gushing out of his throat. Eddie Kamoga said his brother laid helpless and couldn’t speak.  

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Henry Mulema, a youth leader in Barracks Zone Makindye where the incident happened says security men came firing bullets at people indiscriminately sending many including himself into hiding. He reports seeing an army officer in a kneeling posture release bullets.

After a few seconds of gun fire, Mulema narrates that he heard cries that someone had been shot. He rushed and found Eddie Kamoga and Kawagga in tears trying to carry their brother from a pool of blood.

He joined them and sat on a Boda Boda with Shafik whose body was slowly losing life. Muleme says he first took Shafik to a nearby clinic called Safe Guard but the nurse there could not accept the patient due to his critical condition.

They decided to take him to Nsambya Hospital where he was pronounced dead ten minutes after arrival.  

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Shafik had come to Kampala earlier this year to learn from his brother how to repair electronics like phones and Televisions. Kamoga, Kawagga and Muleme condemned the acts of security officer that shot and killed innocent people. 

They say security should revise methods for putting down protests if innocent lives are to be saved. Kamoga says they need justice for their brother now laid to rest in Kiboga district. He says they need to be compensated.  

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Juliet Logose, a Human Rights Officer at the Uganda Human Rights Commission Central Region office, says they have taken up the case for investigations and action. She says so far 11 cases of human rights violations resulting from the protests have been reported. He urged the public to seek redress from the commission.    

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