One Shot Dead in Rukungiri Anti-Age Limit Chaos

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One person has been shot dead today in Rukungiri Municipality as police clashed crowds of people that had gathered for a rally to voice their opposition to the presidential age limit removal.

One person has been shot dead today in Rukungiri Municipality as police clashed crowds of people that had gathered for a rally to voice their opposition to the presidential age limit removal.
 
Most of those gathered were supporters of Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party whose leaders had organised a rally inside Rukungiri Stadium.
 
The deceased has only been identified as Edison Nasasira alias Kakuru, believed to be in his 30s and a resident Kafunjo cell, Eastern division in Rukungiri Municipality. He's been working as a taxi tout at Nabugabo stage in Rukungiri Municipality.
 
It all started when police that was being commanded by Richard Emuna, the Rukungiri District Police Commander blocked all routes heading to Rukungiri Municipal Stadium where, the area member of Parliament, Roland Mugume Kaginda was to address a rally. Kaginda was accompanied by former FDC president Dr. Kizza Besigye and other top FDC officials including Ingrid Turinawe and Patrick Oboi Amuriat. Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was also among the politicians slated to address the rally.
 
Kaginda and his team wanted to hold consultations this afternoon about the proposed constitutional amendment to remove presidential age limits.  However, police fired teargas and live bullets in the air to disperse supporters who arrived in many groups wearing red ribbons and singing, Togikwatako, or don't dare touch it. This is in reference to Article 102(b) of the constitution which sets 35 and 75 years respectively, as minimum and maximum age caps for a president.
 
Supporters braved teargas and live bullets and started pelting stones at police officers. In the process Kakuru was shot in the head and he died on spot. 

Besigye's car was shot at and a bullet appeared to go through its rear wind screen, while that of Turinawe had the entire rear windscreen shattered.
 
Richard Emuna, the Rukingiri District Police Commander, declined to comment on the issue. However, he had earlier said that police was not informed and that there was no way they could allow such a gathering.
 
But Virginia Kyarugahe, the FDC party Chairperson for Rukungiri District insists that police was notified in time, but they are only biased.
 
By the time of filling the story, police was still battling with FDC supporters. Several FDC supporters were also seen being arrested.

Igara West Member of parliament Raphael Magyezi early this month tabled a Constitution Amendment Bill seeking to repeal Article 102(b) arguing that the provision is discriminatory. But many see Magyezi's move as an attempt to open the door for President Yoweri Museveni to contest again when his current term expires in 2021. By then Museveni will have ruled Uganda for 35 years, but will be above 75 years of age.
  
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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.