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November 18th Protests: Luuka Residents Recount Memories of Bobi Wine’s Arrest

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According to Mukaya, he was repairing a motorcycle for his client in a garage in Kiyunga trading center when protests broke out following the arrest of the National Unity Platform-NUP Presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu during his campaign rally at Saza grounds.
Henry Namukaya told URN that, he lost his eye after being hurled with a teargas canister during Bobiwine's arrest in November last year.

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Henry Mukaya, a resident of Namalemba village in Luuka sub-county will forever remember November 18th, 2020. According to Mukaya, he was repairing a motorcycle for his client in a garage in Kiyunga trading center when protests broke out following the arrest of the National Unity Platform-NUP Presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu during his campaign rally at Saza grounds in Luuka Town council.  

He says to contain the situation, Police fired teargas to disperse the protesters and one of the canisters hit his left eye making him partially blind. Mukaya says that he tried to seek justice from Luuka central police station but their promises to expedite investigations into the matter have not yielded anything. 

//Cue in: “Nze nali… 

Cue out…okulabilila,”//

Mukaya is not the only victim of the November 18th, 2020 protests. Brian Magemeso, who resides adjacent to Saza grounds in Kiyunga hospital zone, says that he lost eight pigs after security personnel repeatedly fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the protesters who were drawing water from his piggery farm to wash their eyes.  

//Cue in: “nze n’ninaine… 

Cue out…mu’mbela,”//

Joseph Guubi, a trader within the area explains that he was selling chapatti in Kiyunga trading centre, about 200 meters away from Saza grounds. He, however, says that officers from the Field Force Unit fired three tear gas canisters towards his stall, impounded his items, and confiscated his money without any justification. 

//Cue in: “olunaku… 

Cue out…ku’kyebakola,”//



Jonathan Mwesigwa, a motorcyclist within the area says that police operations on that day seemed uncoordinated. He says that security personnel fired teargas in sensitive areas like health facilities and residential homes, whose owners were not a party to Kyagulanyi’s campaign rally.

//Cue in: “Iffe twali… 

 

Cue out…bubi ihno,”// 

Henry Muwesi, the LC I Chairperson Kiyunga hospital zone in Luuka town council, who doubles as a village health team member, says that he registered 86 people with breathing-related challenges in a period of one week after Kyagulanyi's arrest. He says that they managed the cases at the different lower health facilities within the district. 

//Cue in: “Olunaku… 

Cue out…mu’nsi,”//

  

Police officials in Luuka district declined to comment on whether there are ongoing inquiries against some of the police personnel accused of brutalizing civilians during the protests. Today marks one year since Kyagulanyi’s arrest that triggered nationwide protests. 

Security forces shot dead 54 people and injured dozens of others. Hundreds of others were arrested and locked on various offences. None of the security officers has been arrested and prosecuted for using excessive force against unarmed protesters.