KAMPALA – Police have confirmed that 19 people have so far died from the protests that erupted in Kampala and other parts of the country following the arrest of National Unity Platform-NUP party presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine on Wednesday.
On Wednesday evening, only three people had been confirmed dead but by Thursday evening, Fred Enanga, the police spokesman, said the dead had risen to 19. Police, the army and other security agencies used live bullets and tear gas to break violent protests. Protest continued in different parts of the country yesterday.
Nine of the people shot during protests died while undergoing surgery at Mulago National Referral Hospital.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday afternoon, Dr. Baterana Byarugaba, the Executive Director Mulago National Referral Hospital said they received 77 causalities.
He however said nine of the causalities died while undergoing surgery.
He explained that 48 out of the 68 patients got traumatic injuries, adding that 20 people who were teargassed are being worked on and will be discharged.
On Thursday, the Kampala Minister Betty Amongi visited Mulago National Referral Hospital to assess the situation of the causalities and fatalities.
She said that as managers of the Kampala Metropolitan area, they were facing a huge task to end the protests in the city.
Amongi however said they are working with all the sectors to bring order in the city.
Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the Primary Health Care State Minister appreciated the work of health workers in different hospitals like Rubaga, Nambya and Mengo among others for saving the lives of the injured.