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Police Shoot Food Vendor in Jinja

Evelyn Namulondo was heading to Amber Court Market from her home in Budhumbuli Ward around 5am to purchase fruits when she was shot in the abdomen.
Eva Namulondo nursing wounds at the emmergency unit.
A food vendor in Jinja Central Market is nursing bullet wounds at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital after being shot by members of the Police Patrol Unit.  

Evelyn Namulondo was heading to Amber Court Market from her home in Budhumbuli Ward around 5am to purchase fruits when she was shot in the abdomen.  

Namulondo says that she was travelling with another passenger on a motorcycle when the police intercepted them along Kyabazinga Way, but the motorist declined to stop, prompting the men in uniform to fire at them.

“We begged the Bodaboda man to stop but he refused, which I think angered the policemen to shoot at us. I fell after sustaining injuries. The motorist sped off with the other passenger and all I recall is that, police officers dumped me here,” she said.

A health worker, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, said they had managed to retrieve the bullets from the victim’s abdomen and she is currently out of danger.  

“Her sensitive organs weren't affected but we have already removed the bullet and cleaned the wounds. Her intestines are safe,” the source said. 

Abby Ngako, the Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, confirms the incident, saying a team of detectives has been dispatched to investigate the matter. Uganda is still under curfew, which starts at 7pm and runs until 6:30am. 

President Yoweri Museveni announced the curfew in March as part of the Covid-19 preventive guidelines. 

Uganda has since recorded 126 cases of COVID-19. Fifty-five of these have since been discharged from hospitals after testing negative to the virus.

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