One Killed in Kasese Post-election Protests

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A 12 year-old boy has been confirmed dead after being allegedly shot by a police officer during a fracas between the Forum for Democratic Change supporters and the security personnel at the Kasese district tallying centre on Friday.

A 12 year-old boy has been confirmed dead after being allegedly shot by a police officer during a fracas between the Forum for Democratic Change supporters and the security personnel at the Kasese district tallying centre on Friday.
 
Bob Kagarura, the Rwenzori east police commander, has confirmed to Uganda Radio Network that Muzamiru Kule died after being shot as police dispersed rioting FDC supporters along the Kasese-Fort Portal road. Kagarura says Kule died on the way to Kilembe hospital.
 
Kule, a son to Ali Rwabiswa and Rehema Biira all residents of Base camp ward in Central Division, Kasese Municipality, was a primary four pupil at Base camp primary school.
 
The RPC says that police has started investigations into the matter and the officer who shot the young boy will be arrested soon.
 
He regretted the incident saying it is unfortunate that people who were waiting for election results were involved in running battles with the police.
 
Kagarura says that the family and the police management are involved in meetings to organise for the burial.
 
Two other people sustained injuries, the RPC has confirmed. He says a woman was knocked by a motorcycle whereas another man was shot and injured from the scene.
 
Eye witnesses who preferred anonymity say Kule was shot dead by a UPDF soldier who single-handedly chased away the FDC supporters up to Nyakasanga township. The security at the tallying centre at the Kasese Multipurpose Hall was manned by both police and UPDF soldiers.

Some sources have told URN that the injured man who was shot in the head is known as Kiiza, a motorcycle boda boda cyclist on the Kilembe stage. 
 
It all started at about 4pm when police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the crown that was protesting the delay in announcing poll results.
 
The angry supporters had paralyzed traffic along the Kasese-Fort Portal road as they celebrated early lead in the parliamentary elections. FDC claimed all the six parliamentary seats from Kasese district.
 
Winfred Kiiza, the Kasese woman MP, has condemned the action of the police and the army saying it was uncalled for. She alleges that the FDC supporters camped at the tallying centre because they suspected NRM was trying to rig the results.
 
Meanwhile, there is still heavy deployment of both soldiers and police on the streets of Kasese as Kagarura says they are ready to contain any situation.  END