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Ssenyonjo’s death triggered protests by his family members and residents. They stormed the bar, looted property and torched a television set and sound system.
Residents Protesting after Ssenyonjo' death
Police have quelled protests by residents of Kaluma-Kasasa Village in Bukulula Sub-county in Kalungu district following the death of a young man in a local bar.  It is alleged that Martin Ssenyonjo entered the bar around 8 pm on Monday where he joined a group of people on a drinking spree. 

 

He was reportedly found unconscious in front of the bar on Tuesday morning but died moments later under unclear circumstances. Ssenyonjo’s death triggered protests by his family members and residents. They stormed the bar, looted property and torched a television set and sound system. 

They pursued Gladys Namaganda, the bar owner and her waitress, Milly Nakirijja accusing them of being behind their colleague’s death.  Namaganda and Nakirijja decided to hide at the residence of Dawson Kato, the LC I Chairperson Kaluma-Kasasa village. Vianney Birungi, the Officer in Charge of Lukaya Police they were called in to contain the situation to save the accused persons.

Birungi explains that they have arrested Namaganda and Nakirijja to aid the ongoing investigations into Ssenyonjo’s death. According to the suspects, Ssenyonjo drank himself to oblivion, which could have caused his death. “His colleagues helped him out of the bar to allow me to close it around 10 pm,” she said. She says news Ssenyonjo’s death shocked her since he was alive by the time he left the bar. 

 

Deus Kiweewa, one of the elders, says Namaganda's bar is known for fights, adding that several people have been brutally attacked and beaten in the bar.  Devine Ndagire, another resident, says there are several bars that are operating openly in contravention of the presidential ban to stop the spread of COVID-19 while the police and local authorities look on.

According to Birungi, the suspects will be charged for operating a bar in violation of the Ministry of Health guidelines meant to fight the pandemic while investigations continue to ascertain the cause of Ssenyonjo’s death.  The body is still lying in a mortuary at Bukulula Health Center IV pending postmortem.  

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