FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, says they will declare a hero one of his supporters who was shot dead in Wandegeya last evening.
The supporter identified by FDC members as Elias Kwesiga was shot dead as police and military clashed with Besigye’s supporters as they made their way to Makerere university where he had a rally.
The Military was also deployed to beef up the Police and after a few minutes Besigye’s supporters were quelled, many surrendered, a few injured but security remains deployed.
Besigye was later towed inside his car to Wandegeya police station and detained for the second time in the day.
No charges were preferred against him on his release later in the night.
Addressing press at his Kasangati home this morning, Besigye said Kwesga will be mourned and declared a hero.
Several other supporters of the retired colonel were injured or arrested by police.
FDC chairman, Amb Wasswa Birigwa condoled with Kwesiga’s relatives.
“The question was not where to go but which route to use. We had already discussed with Electoral Commission.”
Kwesiga’s relatives say he was not even involved in clashes with police but the military allegedly pulled him out of a taxi.
They said he was shot in the neck leading to his death.
His body was taken to Mulago mortuary.
The relatives raided the mortuary this morning demanding his body.
According to KFM radio, over 22 people are nursing wounds after clashes with the military.
Some of the Victims include Tony Musasizi, Hassan Bukenya, James Ssemanda, Vicente Ndukira, Alice Makyanzi a student of Makerere University.
The radio said others include; Farooq Kalumba, Sumayiya Nabukenya, and Sofia Nakito.
Police spokesman, Fred Enanga, said after the disorders of yesterday in the city center, Police engaged again Besigye, who in total disregard of his authorized program tried to hold a procession in the heart of Kampala city.
“The FDC presidential candidate left his home in the early afternoon to hold his scheduled rally at Makerere University, which he disattended, choosing instead to march with his supporters into the city, en route to Kafumbe Mukasa through Wandegeya, Bombo and Kampala main roads,” Enanga said.
He said Police faced the provocative behaviour and actions of the protestors, after they went on rampage, yelling, and threatening, looting and damaging property in the suburbs of Wandegeya.
“Notwithstanding the provocations, the Police tried, in such difficult conditions, exercising the greatest degree of restraint in approaching the disturbance from the emerging crowds that were throwing bricks and projectiles at the Police.”
“Although the FDC candidate has the right to take the political lines he deems appropriate, such right must be exercised within a legal framework and, most importantly, without violating Kampala citizens’ right to peacefully conduct their business without having their activities being disrupted and their safety and property endangered by such disorders.”
Enanga said these acts of gratuitous defiance carried out by Col. Besigye coincide with the intelligence gathered all along that the FDC as a party was mobilising the P10 youth to promote mayhem in the city.
The Police have a duty to protect the safety of the public, together with the right to protect themselves, and had to act accordingly, given the intensity of the attacks they faced from an emerging crowd of rowdy protesters, he maintained.
“A total of 19 persons including 1 female police officer were injured, 16 were discharged while 5 are still admitted though out of danger, 1 death whose cause has not been established yet, and 22 suspects, all male arrested.”
“The situation has been contained, calm and normalcy returned to the suburbs of Wandegeya, and the wider Kampala City. With one more day of campaigns, we shall continue securing the electoral environment, free from abuse for all voters, candidates, and the general public.”