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Michael Mulindwa Nakumusana, the Nyendo-Ssenyange Division LC 3 chairperson accuses security personnel of torturing Grace Nakalyango after she was allegedly found wearing red clothes during the protests.
A cylists looking at the camera installed at their stage on Elgin street in masaka, some of the camera were left vandalised on their stands at protests spread in Masaka

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Four people are confirmed to have lost their lives as the military and police engaged protesters against the presidential election results in Masaka district.

The dead have been identified as Jibril Bazanyanengo, Peter Ssebunya, Grace Nakalyango and another only identified as Ben, all residents of Nyendo-Mukungwe division in Masaka City.  

The four were killed during protests that broke out in different parts of Masaka on Saturday afternoon shortly after the Electoral Commission declared the incumbent president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as the winner of the Thursday presidential elections with 58 percent of the total votes cast.

However, the announcement didn’t go down well with some voters in Masaka, saying the election had been rigged to favour Museveni against his National Unity Platform-NUP rival, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine who become second. 

According to eyewitnesses, three of the people were shot by armed security personnel while the fourth, an expectant mother was tortured before she breathed her last in the hospital.

Michael Mulindwa Nakumusana, the Nyendo-Ssenyange Division LC 3 chairperson accuses security personnel of torturing Grace Nakalyango after she was allegedly found wearing red clothes during the protests.

“I was called and rushed to the scene and on reaching there; I found her unconscious and heavily bleeding. She eventually died in hospital on Sunday night,” he says. Mulindwa says that besides the dead, scores of other people are nursing injuries they sustained in running battles with security. 

Some of the injured persons are Francis Kaweesi Kitone, Betty Namugga and Godfrey Kasule, all residents of Nyendo-Ssenyange division. George Lutamaguzi, a resident of Kiwaala village in Mukungwe Sub-county says that operative raided several areas where they beat-up hundreds of people they suspected to be rioters.

“Many people around this area have go bruises they were inflicted onto them by security operatives that whipped them with cable wires and baton stick,” he said.

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson, says security is compiling a comprehensive report about all security incidents that related to the January 14th, 2021 general elections.

According to Nsubuga, preliminary reports show that one of the dead was shot when he attempted to disarm a police officer in Nyendo Township while Nakalyango was hit by a stray bullet.

Nsubuga says the protests in Nyendo Township turned very destructive prompting security to respond with maximum force subdue the protestors whom he says had started waylaying vehicles and robbing occupants of their belongings.

He says the protestors also vandalized a number of security cameras that were recently installed in Nyendo as well as deflated the tires and shattered the windscreens of two police patrol pickups that had been deployed in the area. 

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  Nsubuga says they will maintain heavy deployment in the area to ensure stability.